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Mickey Bushell

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Residence
Telford, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Personal Trainer
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Telford College of Arts and Technology: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 11 in Birmingham, England.
Why this sport?
British wheelchair racer Debbie Brennan visited his school and inspired him to try the sport.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Playing video games, reading, spending time with family. (thepowerof10.info, 18 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (mickeybushell.co.uk, 06 Mar 2013)
Injuries
In April 2015 he developed a bladder infection, which was worsened by the onset of septicaemia [blood poisoning]. He missed seven months of training and was unable to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (bbc.com, 28 Jan 2016)

He suffered from shoulder and elbow injuries in 2013 and 2014, and underwent surgery to remove a kidney in 2007. (britishathletics.org.uk, 04 May 2016; bbc.co.uk, 30 Jul 2011)
Awards and honours
In September 2019 he received an honorary doctorate of sport from the University of Wolverhampton in England, in recognition of his achievements in athletics. (expressandstar.com, 19 Sep 2019)

In 2014 he was named an Honorary Freeman of the Borough by Telford & Wrekin Council in England. (telford.gov.uk, 01 Jan 2019)

He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in January 2013. (bbc.co.uk, 25 Jan 2013)

He received the Disability Sport Events [DSE] National Sports Person and West Midlands Regional Sports Person Award for 2007. (mickeybushell.co.uk, 15 Jan 2010)

He was named the 2006 BBC Midlands Young Para Sports Person of the Year. (mickeybushell.co.uk, 15 Jan 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Shropshire Star, 05 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born with sacral agenesis, a rare congenital impairment, and is missing seven vertebrae in his lower back. He would get around by walking on his hands as a child, which helped him build up the strength and stamina required for wheelchair racing. (thepowerof10.info, 18 Aug 2019; mickeybushell.co.uk, 06 Mar 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He runs Project Emotion, a consultancy company based in Telford, England, that coaches communication skills to business professionals. He also runs Champion Training, a fitness company based in Telford. (Facebook page, 21 Feb 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; expressandstar.com, 19 Sep 2019; projectemotion.com, 19 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 6
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-22 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-24 2
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-25 4
Men's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-26 3
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2011-01-27 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final 2011-01-28 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-03 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 3 2012-09-07 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 4
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-26 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-09 2
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-10 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-23 3
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 2