With a little under a year to go before the Olympic and Paralympic Games take place, a Bedford based athlete is attempting to raise support and money to be able to compete in the paratriathlon in the heat and humidity of Tokyo.
Kerry Large sustained significant nerve damage in 2007 and despite the doctor’s bleak prognosis, she has surpassed expectations by turning to one of the sport’s most grueling races.
Following extensive post-injury rehabilitation, Kerry has now competed for her country in the European and World Championships, and is now eyeing a place in the GB Paralympic team for Tokyo 2020.
Preceding her life-changing injury, Kerry was a keen runner and swimmer but was signposted to the triathlon as this would provide less stress on her legs than long distance running.
Despite only starting the triathlon in 2015, her career has provided some magnificent results including a gold medal at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, silver and bronze medals in the last two editions of the Paratriathlon World Cup held in Spain, and a commendable 4th placed finish at the European Championships.
While her elite career is taking off, Kerry continues to work full-time as well as being a Mother and a part-time sport therapist, and she is beginning to make tracks in what can be described as one of Para sports’ toughest events.
However, this success does not come cheap as the sport has yet to receive official funding, with Kerry having to fund her own journeys and everything else that comes with competing in professional sport.
With this in mind, Kerry has set up a crowdfunding page in order to compete at upcoming events across the World with the ultimate aim being selection for the Great British squad at the Paralympic Games.
Sponsorship will go towards costs to race international this season, which includes travel and accommodation to international and UK competitions, training expenses and essential consumables such as bike, swim and running equipment.
These involve an adapted wet suit for Kerry’s disability when in the water and a bike currently loaned from Sport England.
With a target of £5,000, Kerry is well on her way to raising the funds to meet her target but without your help, she will not be able to fund her progress enough to meet the requirements of a potential place on the plane to Tokyo.
You can donate to Kerry’s cause at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kerrylarge?utm_term=JN67q3awr.