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Mickey Bushell's Bio

Mickey Bushell was born on June 8, 1990 in Shrewsbury, England. He was born with Lumbar Sacral Agenesis Congenial Paraplegia which is a rare birth defect where Mickey is missing his last seven vertebrae. Doctors told Mickey’s parents that Mickey would probably never used his legs. But Mickey surprised everyone when he started crawling around, and eventually walking on his hands in a handstand position. His parents knew that he was going to defy all the doctors had told them.

Mickey was always into various sports when he was young, but began to focus on wheelchair racing at the early age of eleven. Once he got his first rush from wheelchair racing, he never stopped. He got into racing when he was spotted by famous Paralympian Deborah Brennan and her father, Keith. He was playing Dodgeball with his friends one day when Deborah saw Mickey’s potential, and suggested to Mickey’s parents that Mickey try wheelchair racing. The next week, Mickey excitedly began training. In the beginning, he was training once a week, and is now training twice a day, 6 days a week. His goal is to qualify for the IPC World Championships in 2011, and to compete in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Along with practicing six days a week, Mickey is studying for a Higher National Degree in sports coaching. A Higher National Degree program consists of two years at college, and then will then spend one year studying at Worcester University to finish off his degree. In between practicing and studying, he likes to surf the internet, play with his siblings, and chat with his friends.

Mickey told Get Kids Going! that his biggest racing challenge so far has not been a race, but was when his old coach moved back to Australia in 2009. Mickey found it very stressful to part ways. But Mickey is back up and training again. He told Get Kids Going! that his training is going well, and he is very happy with the way it has been going.

Mickey received his first racing wheelchair from Get Kids Going! in 2002. He used the racing chair during practice, and more importantly during the 2008 Bejing Paralympics where he placed second in the T53 100. He tells Get Kids Going!, “Get Kids Going has played a big part in my sporting career, because without them I would not be able to race. The chair Get Kids Going! gave me won me a silver Paralympic silver metal in Beijing 2008 and broke the world record this year.” Mickey broke the racing world record in the men’s T53 100 in 2009.

A list of Mickey’s accomplishments include

1. World record holder for the Men’s T53 100m
2. Paralympic Silver medallist, T53 100, Beijing 2008
3. Triple British record holder Men’s T53 100, 200m, and 400m
4. WAS U20’s world ranked No.1, T53 100m, 200m, and 400m
5. International Paralympic Committee ranked No.3 T53, 100m

The charity wishes Mickey luck in the future and will continue to support him. If you want to read more about this talented athlete, go to Mickey’s website at

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