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Simon Lawson

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Maryport, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Mechanic
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing after his 2001 dirt bike accident. The son of a former professional motocross racer, he says racing has been in his blood since he was small boy.
Why this sport?
He says a lack of racing, competition, and physical fitness following his accident drew him to wheelchair racing. "When the motocross racing stopped, so did the physical stuff. I missed it, and that motivated me. When you're training, you feel good in yourself. You feel fit and healthy and happy with yourself so that's when I really started to get into [wheelchair racing] and got a hand cycle and started training hard. When I did my first competitive race again it felt great to be behind those banners with loads of people watching you, I'd missed that."
Club / Team
Carlisle Tri Club: England
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Ian Thompson [personal]
Training Regime
He trains two to three hours a day, six days a week in Carlisle, England.

General interest

Hero / Idol
British wheelchair racer David Weir. (newsandstar.co.uk, 23 Oct 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I've always been positive and happy. I think you have to be to make the most out of life. Everything is rosy when you're a kid. You ride your BMX bike, or your motocross bike, and hang around with your mates and do what you want to do. I don't see why that attitude should change as you get older. Okay, there are more responsibilities when you're an adult, but that shouldn't change your attitude towards life." (getspiked.co.uk, 22 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he was named the Sports Personality of the Year of Allerdale, England. (newsandstar.co.uk, 23 Oct 2012)
Other sports
He was a British Junior Speedway champion in motorcross before his accident.
(cumberlandnews.co.uk, 15 Dec 2006)
Famous relatives
His father Steve rode as a professional motocross speedway rider for the Workington Comets in England. (dailystar.co.uk, 14 Aug 2011)
Impairment
As a junior British Speedway champion he had a promising motocross career ahead of him. In 2001 he had a crash at his home track on a set of doubles which left him paralysed from the chest down. Jeff Perrett, a former professional motocross rider for over 30 years said he "could have, should have and would have been a motocross champion" if his injury hadn't ended his career. (cumberlandnews.co.uk, 15 Dec 2006)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 14