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This Loughborough student is heading for the Commonwealth Games

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From 4th- 15th April 2018, Gold Coast Australia will play host to the largest Commonwealth para-sport programme in history.

Third-year Loughborough University student and funded athlete since 2014, Joshua Bain is amongst those competing in the first ever shot F38/37 event for para-sports athletes.

He said: “Para-sports events have been in the Commonwealths before, but never mine. My best event has always been discus - I won a European bronze 2 years ago, but now my focus has switched to shot. I really want to win a medal at the games this year and I'm very close to getting one in shot!”

Joshua also has cerebral palsy to compete with, a condition which affects muscle energy and coordination.

The biggest issue I find is conserving my energy. People with CP normally use 50% more energy just by standing. When I'm in labs all day standing and walking about it can be hard to hit a training session after.

"Although a lot of my training is based on reducing weaknesses that I have gotten from having CP I make sure I do a lot of balancing and coordination stuff on both sides of my body.”

This means that university studies, training, and working to reduce the effects of CP are a real balancing act, but Joshua approaches all challenges with inspiring determination.

“It's tough and requires a lot of forward planning. I normally train 3 hours a day, so I have to be strict with myself when it comes to getting coursework done and finding time to practice. But I enjoy it all! When I'm training I can just concentrate on the sport and it helps relieve the stresses of uni work. My athletics and my degree are as important as each other in my mind.”

Though Joshua has no particular idols in the sporting industry, he says that the constant support from his girlfriend Anna motivates him to keep shooting for a Commonwealth medal.

Take a look at Joshua’s athlete profile here http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=91588, and catch him on 11th April competing for England!

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