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City College student targets 2020 Tokyo Paralympics
City College student, Doaa Shayea, 18, didn’t have much time to watch the Paralympics in Rio because she was busy training for Tokyo!
The wheel chair athlete was talent-spotted by a GB coach six years ago at a school sports day. Since then she hasn’t looked back and has competed against, and beaten, some of the world’s top 100m, 200m and 400m sprinters.
“I am really focussed on getting to Tokyo,” said Doaa. “I train twice a day every day and go to competitions around the country – in the summer this can be nearly every weekend. It’s really good for my development to be able to compete against top class athletes. Most are a lot older than me so there is a lot to learn from them.
“I’m raising money at the moment for a new racing wheel chair. My current one only allows me to work at 80% efficiency because of my arm length. The design of the new chair overcomes this and could help me to knock a few seconds off my times, which in sprinting is everything. It would really help me to realise my potential and take me a step closer to Tokyo. The chair costs £5,000 so I’m really hoping to get as much support as possible.”
Doaa, who has spina bifida, fits her busy training routine alongside her Hair and Beauty course at the College.
“I love racing but my other passion is beauty and fashion,” Doaa continued. “I want to be a makeup artist and run my own company. The course I’m doing is great because there are lots of practical sessions and it covers quite a wide spectrum of hair and beauty. I like the idea of being able to do a customer’s hair and makeup so they can get it done in the same place by the same person.”
To support Doaa in her journey to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics visit her Facebook page ‘Doaa Shayea Wheelchair Racer’.
It’s not too late to sign up for a course at City College this autumn. Course Information Drop-ins are running at Kings Road every Wednesday in October 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Visit our events page or call 01752 305300 for more information.