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Blog Spot: Ben Rushgrove

Ben Rushgrove


20 May 2009

Paralympic medallist Ben Rushgrove will keep www.uka.org.uk informed on the ins and outs of his season in the year ahead. Keep an eye out for his blogs.


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User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 20/5/2009 9:46:42 AM

Hi my name is Ben Rushgrove, and I've been asked to write a blog all about being an elite athlete.


But before that, here's a little bit about me. I was born in Bath and went to a boarding school in Hampshire where I was introduced to sport by my P.E teacher who spent a lot of time working with young disabled people. It wasn’t long before I was captain of the school football team and got a kick out of beating everyone on sports day while running in a straight line.


Every year the team would go to the regional athletics championships to get the qualifying standard and then turn up in Blackpool, the home of the national junior championships. Every year I would get beaten by people who were quicker, trained harder and were older than me. One year I got lucky, I was at the top of the age group, I’d done about ten minutes of training and I rocked up in a pair of walking boots and won!


Currently I am training at the University of Bath with my coach Rob Ellchuk. I train six days a week for about two or three hours each day and I also study Sport Performance. Last year I won a Silver medal at the Paralympics in Beijing with a broken foot, actually broken in two places.


As a result of getting back from Beijing and still having foot problems the decision was taken to see about getting tailor-made shoes.


So last week we went to Loughborough to have some testing done and enlisted the help of the researchers on a fairly large project.  There was a robot that could kick a football at stupidly fast speed. (It was featured on the gadget show not that long ago).


My foot is a complicated problem so the spikes have to be able to absorb the impact whilst at the same time giving something back. At the moment in sprint spikes they don’t have any cushioning so that means when your foot hits the track you rebound of it. But we’re going to try to put some cushioning in, however by doing that there is some danger that we would lose that rebound. 


This weekend on the 24th May I’m racing at the Paralympic World Cup, which will be my first race since Beijing,  so I’m hoping for good things in the 100m. Watch this space folks!


  • At 11:35 AM on 20/5/2009,
    Dan Toon wrote:
    ...a complicated problem to say the least!