WHEELCHAIR RACING

Get Kids Going!’s Vice president, David Weir, wins seventh London Marathon Title!

David Weir, Get Kids Going!’s Vice President, clinched victory in this year’s London Marathon, when he sprinted over the finishing line in one hour 31 minutes and six seconds! One of his best times ever!

The six time Paralympic gold medallist overtook ruling champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland in the last few seconds, in a race to the finish line!


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David took part in his 18th consecutive London Marathon, winning for the first time since 2012.

David said “To be honest, I didn't even think I'd get on the start line just because I've been struggling with a little bit of depression so to get here and to race and to win, and to beat Tanni's record, is just an honour”.

He added “I couldn’t have achieved everything without the wonderful support of Jenny my coach, my wonderful children, and Jane and all the Team at Get Kids Going! who have given me all my racing chairs since I was young.”

“It’s been a wonderful partnership with us all together- there is no doubt we have been a winning team. I would like to say thank you especially to Jenny and Jane for always believing in me and encouraging my every movement!”.

Get Kids Going! has proudly supported David since he was just 12-years-old. Now, he has been the Vice President for more than 15 years, we would like to say a huge thank you to David for representing us. We wish him luck for his upcoming marathons!

 


 

David Weir and Shelly Wood triumph in Lisbon (23/03/2015)

 

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Three Get Kids Going! wheelchair athletes- David Weir, our Vice President, Shelly Woods a Get Kids Going! athlete and ambassador and Mickey Bushell a Get Kids Going! athlete had great success over the weekend at the Lisbon Half Marathon.

 

Both David and Shelly won their races meaning Great Britain dominated in Lisbon.

 

David beat Swiss Rival Marcel Hug in a photo finish with a fantastic time of 43 minutes 21 seconds.

 

After the event he tweeted, “Britain smashed it in Lisbon @ShellyWoods86@Mo_Farah#Winners”.

 

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Shelly raced one of her best races this year beating British rival Jade Jones with a time of 50 minutes 33 seconds.

 

She was delighted with the result and after the race said, “Was great racing Lisbon Half Marathon this morning.#winner #GoHardorGoHome!”.

 

Both are in training for the Virgin Money London Marathon which takes place on the 26th April 2015.

 

Get Kids Going! had another wheelchair athlete taking part in the Lisbon Half Marathon.

 

Mickey came 20th in the men’s race with a time of 56minutes 01 second.

 

We are so proud of all three of the athletes and cannot wait to watch them compete in London.

 

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Shelly Woods- Summer Down Under(13/02/2015)

 

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Shelly Woods, a GKG! ambassador and professional wheelchair racer has recently returned from Australia after competing in the 26th GIO Summer Down Under Wheelchair Road Racing Series.

 

The event is the highest profile wheelchair sporting event in Australia and this year’s event was held between the 19th and 27th January. The four meet series commenced with two nights in Canberra before moving to Sydney for the final two meets.

 

The first two meets were track events held at the Australian Institute of Sport Track held between 21st and 22nd January. The first meet was nearly a washout due to bad weather.

 

Shelly completed in four races over the two days in three events- 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

 

After a disappointing first day where she was unable to finish the first 1500m race, Shelly greatly improved finishing 5th in the 800m and 1500m race but her greatest race of the meet came in the 5000m where she finished 3rd with a time of 12:08.35.

 

After a few days rest the athletes met again in Sydney to compete in the Twilight Meet at the Olympic park.

 

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Shelly competed in the same three events again finishing fifth in the 800m with a time of 1.59.28. She managed to improve on her previous 1500m result finishing in 4th (3.32.43) but she slipped one place in the 5000m final with a slower time of 12.36.51.

 

The final event of this year’s series was the GIO Oz Day 10km in Sydney as part of the Australia Day celebrations on the 26th January.

 

Sadly, Shelly was unable to complete the race but after the event she said, “The summer down under series was great. For me it was just a great opportunity to get some good training in and racing and escape a bit of the frosty snowy weather back home.”

 

Shelly has a busy 2015 ahead as she looks towards competing in Rio in 2016. She has been named part of Team GB at the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships.

 

“I managed to achieve my qualifying times in Australia in the 1500m and 5000m for the world championships which are later this year in October in Doha, Qatar which is a good start to my season,” she said.

 

The event will be held on 26th April where she will be trying to win her third London Marathon ahead of the World Athletics Championships which take place in Doha, Qatar in October.

 

 


 

Weir and Woods named in GB Marathon Team (05/02/15)

 

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Get Kids Going ambassadors David Weir and Shelly Woods have been named as part of Team GB at the IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships.

 

The event will be held at the London Marathon on 26th April ahead of the World Athletics Championships which take place in Doha, Qatar in October.

 

Both athletes are now ambassadors of Get Kids Going! after the charity helped them with sports grants when they were children to help with wheelchair costs and travel.

 

Get Kids Going! gave Shelly her first proper racing wheelchair when she was 15.


Previously, her father had bought her a used racing wheelchair to help get her started, but the chair really did not fit her properly.

 

The chair changed her life, and got her “rolling” in her racing career.

 

She told us, “It [wheelchair racing] has given me a sense of accomplishment, and taught me to conquer many challenges though hard work. It’s fun. I have seen some very cool places and met loads of new people. My life would be totally different without it.”

 

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Shelly, now 28, has recently competed in the Australian series Summer down Under and looks to improve on her performance their by competing for her third London marathon title.

 

David is one of the Vice Presidents of Get Kids Going! After receiving his first wheelchair in 2002, David has become a full supported of the Get Kids Going! children.

 

He said, “Get Kids Going! is a fantastic charity, all disabled children should be able to get into sports.”

 

David, now 35, has won the London marathon a record breaking six times and hopes to add another title to his collection.

 

The pair are joined on the Great Britain team by Jade Jones, Rob Smith, Derek Rae and Simon Lawson.

 

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