Training aid for Paralympic wheelchair athletes

John Gavaghan & FSE Technical Apprentices

Training aid for Paralympic wheelchair athletes

A local Paralympic athlete, Andy Small, who trains in Stockport, was chosen to represent Britain in Rio this year. Following the games, Andy came home with a bronze medal in the T33 100m race. Looking to improve this result in readiness for the battle in Tokyo 2020, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering along with a small number of technical apprentices are currently working on a self-contained training aid to assist both at home and on track training and fitness. John Gavaghan, Faculty of Science and Engineering, will lead the engineering production of parts to specifications yet to be determined and iteratively improve designs with the aim to ensure we bring home a gold medal for Britain.

John, a cohort 3 apprentice, started with the team in September 2015. He spent an initial seven months at Trafford College to learn the basics of mechanical engineering before beginning a series of rotations through various University workshops. John has been provided with instruction, information and training to enable him to independently prepare the entire necessary component parts to complete a unique, world-leading training device. 

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