How did Staffordshire athletes get on at the Paralympics?

Lots to be proud about for our Staffordshire talent

While not every Staffordshire athlete competing at the 2020 Paralympics came back from Tokyo with a medal, all of them returned home having achieved some form of success.

Sir Lee Pearson rose above Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and ex-swimmer Dave Roberts in the all-time British Paralympic medals list after securing three golds in Equestrian.

The 47-year-old now has 14 Paralympic gold medals to his name after triumphing in the Grade II individual, team and individual freestyle events.

Photo credit: Chris Brown

Pearson, who has Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita which prevents movement in his ankles and knees, was riding Breezer, whom he raised from birth.

Meanwhile, Rio 2016 bronze medallist Ian Marsden made it to the final of the KL1 canoe sprint.

The 49-year-old, who suffering a spinal injury aged 21, had an extremely difficult lead up to the Games following the passing of his father and two close family friends.

Photo by Sam Mellish

Amidst the pandemic, he admitted prior to the Paralympics that just getting on start line in Tokyo would be an achievement.

Not only did he do that but he managed to finish eighth in the final.

Finally, Shaun Burrows reached the final of the T38 400-metres after nearly quitting athletics in 2018.

The sprinter, who has Cerebal Palsy, had to overcome a long-term severe hamstring injury before earning a silver medal at the European Athletics Championships in Poland in June.

As a result, he was selected for the Paralympics and made it all the way to the end, finishing seventh overall.

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