Heckington-based Paralympic athlete Kieran Tscherniawsky started playing wheelchair basketball and powerlifting before he found his sport of Seated Discus.
This year, he will represent GB in the biggest competition of his life.
Kieran Tscherniawsky Interview
Ranbir Bhullar spoke to Kieran ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
As one of Britain’s credible medal hopefuls, Kieran Tscherniawsky has already accomplished a lot in a relatively short space of time. In 2011, Kieran won a gold medal at the English Senior Championships. In the same year, he also won the silver medal at the Paralympic World Cup, which was held in Manchester. In November last year, Kieran was rewarded for his efforts by being named Disabled Sports Person of the Year at the Active Lincolnshires Awards. In spite of the accolades, Kieran is keeping calm ahead of the most important event of his young career. He said; “I’m very excited, but I don’t have time to be nervous. My nan keeps me on an even keel.”
The support system Kieran has in place will be key in how he gets on at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Kieran said; “ All my family are going. All 15 of them and some more from
Heckington.” It is evident that Lincolnshire is close to Kieran heart. He adds, “I’m going out there to perform and hopefully bring a medal home to Lincolnshire.”
As an elite athlete, Kieran goes through a hectic training regime in order for him to be at his peak condition at the Paralympic Games. He said; “I do a six days a week training programme,
throwing and gymwork, and tweaking up on my technique.”
Lincolnshire has proved to be a key element in his progression to an elite athlete. Kieran gave an insight into how he got started in disabled sports. He said; “At the age of eleven, the only sport available in Lincolnshire at that time was wheelchair basketball. I played that for five years, then went into the power lifting GB development squad for 18 months because I could lift my own weight! Then I found my sport, Discus.”