Josh is back on track in his Paralympic bid

Josh Goodfellow
Josh Goodfellow

BOSTON sprinter Josh Goodfellow is aiming to get his Paralympic 2012 plans back on track – after an enforced absence from the sport.

The 100m and 200m specialist collapsed in the gym while training in January.

And after a number of hospital tests – which have yet to come up with anything conclusive – the 18-year-old has pencilled in Monday for his return to athletics.

“I’d been pushing it hard on the exercise bike and, when I’d finished I went downstairs to get a drink and a banana,” said Josh, remembering the incident which took place on January 27. “But next thing I know I’m on the floor in the recovery position.”

After numerous tests failed to explain why the teenager collapsed that day, Josh has taken it upon himself to return to full training next week.

“At first it was nice to have a break from training, when you do something which is so disciplined it seems like an opportunity to do things you can’t normally, like have a McDonalds or something,” he added.

“But I’m pasionate about running and after being unable to train it has been quite a bad time for me.”

However, after overcoming cerebral palsy, a little time on the sidelines will not stand in the way of Josh and his dreams.

“My plan is to compete at 2012 – to compete in my first Paralympics in London would be really special,” said Josh, who has set his sights on competitive action at the Lincolnshire Championships in May, where he will go up against able-bodied athletes.

Josh is now playing the waiting game as the Paralympic qualifying times are soon to be released.

In the meantime, his plan is to shave as many seconds off his time as possible to be in contention for a place in the 2012 squad, where he will run in the T35 category, which is for ‘lower limb dysfunctional’ competitors.

“I haven’t really been on the track since September, when my season finished,” added Josh. “So I’m looking forward to making a comeback.

“After not being able to train for so long it has just made me more determined than ever.”