John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images At the age of 20, Daniel Romanchuk became the youngest man ever to win the push rim wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon.Romanchuk is the first American to win the division in Boston since 1993. His performance in Boston follows up on a breakthrough 2018, where he won both the New York and Chicago Marathons.Manuela Schär of Switzerland won Boston for the second time with a time of 1:34:19.For the first time since 1993, an American man clinched victory in the men’s wheelchair division at Boston: Daniel Romanchuk won the race in 1:21:36, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of Masazumi Soejima from Japan. RW Run Boston T-Shirt - Gray At just 20 years old, Romanchuk already has a seriously impressive resume. Back in November, he became the first American man ever to win the wheelchair division at the New York Marathon. Just one month before that, he also finished first in Chicago, edging out Paralympic gold medalist … [Read more...] about Daniel Romanchuk Is Youngest Man Ever to Win Wheelchair Division at Boston
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BOSTON, MA- APRIL 12, 2019: Ernst van Dyk, 46, of South Africa has won 10 Boston Marathons. Ernst waits at the cross walk on Commonwealth Avenue en route to train on the Charles River on April 12, 2019 (Staff Photo By Faith Ninivaggi?Boston Herald/Media News Group) BOSTON, MA- APRIL 12, 2019: Ernst van Dyk, 46, of South Africa has won 10 Boston Marathons. Ernst warms up along the Charles River on April 12, 2019 (Staff Photo By Faith Ninivaggi/Boston Herald/Media News Group) BOSTON, MA- APRIL 12, 2019: Ernst van Dyk, 46, of South Africa has won 10 Boston Marathons. Ernst crosses Boylston en route to train on the Charles River on April 12, 2019 (Staff Photo By Faith Ninivaggi/Boston Herald/Media News Group) BOSTON, MA- APRIL 12, 2019: Ernst van Dyk, 46 of South Africa has won 10 Boston Marathons. After a long flight yesterday Ernst gets ready to go out and train ahead of Monday' s race on April 12, 2019 (Staff Photo By Faith Ninivaggi/Boston Herald/Media News Group) … [Read more...] about Ernst van Dyk a fixture in Boston Marathon push rim wheelchair race
A fundraising campaign to help buy a new racing wheelchair for a Kenilworth teenager hit its target days after being launched thanks to a kind donor who saw the appeal. Last week The KWN published a story about the appeal to help raise £5,000 for a new chair for Zien Zhou. Zien has been competing in wheelchair racing competitions for the last few years and hopes to make it on the Team GB Paralympic team for Tokyo in 2020.To keep competing and training Zien needed a new wheelchair as he has outgrown his current one. Zien’s father Tony Zhou set up the GoFundMe page on March 14 and then approached the team at Fitness Worx (FWX) in Kenilworth, where Zien trains, for help.The team at the gym were happy to help and set up a fundraising video, which went live on their site last Monday.After seeing the video and the newspaper article a kind anonymous donation was made for £4,000.Jack Ginson from Fitness Worx said: “We are happy to be able to help Zien through the power … [Read more...] about Kind donor helps secure new wheelchair for Kenilworth teenager’s Team GB dream
A fundraising campaign has been launched to buy a new wheelchair for a teenager from Kenilworth in a bid to help him join Team GB. Zien Zhou, who is 17 and has Cerebral Palsy, is a member of British Athletics’ Paralympic Academy and competes in wheelchair races across the country.Zien now needs a new wheelchair to help him continue training and competing in the hope that he will make it onto Team GB for the 2020 paralympics in Tokyo.During his time competing Zien has won a number of certificates, medals and trophies.He has won trophies for the under-17s boys’ category in the Mini Marathon in London in 2018 and he also previously won the under-14s category.Zien said: “The chairs normally last about two to three years and I got my last one two- and-a-half years ago.“I am in a period now where I am growing a lot so I have outgrown my old one. So now I need a new one to compete better and train better to achieve my goals.“The big aim is to hopefully to make … [Read more...] about Fundraising campaign launched to buy new wheelchair for Kenilworth teenager in a bid to help him join Team GB.
She broke through the perceived limitations of disability as a young woman determined to become a sports star. Affectionately known as Hurricane Hannah, she is no stranger to success and has clinched gold medals from Paralympic games around the globe. And not content with multiple medals Halifax-born Hannah Cockroft MBE DL was even recognised by royalty.Yet despite her efforts to act as an advocate for disabled people and their rights, she believes that a brief wave of inclusive optimism spearheaded by the sporting summer of London 2012 has started to fade from memory.While she told The Yorkshire Post, for its week-long series focusing on social care, that sports opportunities are more common now, she thinks the will for providing essential accessibility equipment for people with reduced mobility in other areas of public life disappears once money needs to be spent.Ms Cockroft, 26, was born in July 1992 but within 48 hours suffered two cardiac arrests, which resulted in damage to two … [Read more...] about Halifax Paralympic star Hannah Cockroft speaks about disability becoming a ‘taboo’