Karim Chan

Sport:
Athletics
Level:
GO GOLD Athlete
NGB:
UK Athletics
District:
Charnwood
School:
Loughborough College
Achievements from Application:

2019 World Para Athletics Junior Championship Gold medallist

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle

Blog

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

First competition cancelled

1st Feb, 2021

I am very disappointed that my first competition of this season is cancelled in Dubai this month I was really looking forward to competing but these things happen I do know why it was cancelled

All I can do now is keep my head down and keep training and working hard as possible

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

International Day for Persons with Disabilities

2nd Dec, 2020

3rd December is INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES I would like to encourage more people with disabilities to take up sport especially young people during lockdown to keep active.

Be proud of who you are no matter how much time you need to achieve how slow you're progressing you step possible

I am thrilled that I have been selected to the world class programme this rare opportunity made me feel proud that I have chance to represent great Britain in the future Paralympics. I realised this opportunity come with hard work and responsibility which I will endeavour to achieve.

Training during lockdown hasn't effected me much because I am on the approved athlete list to train at the track twice a week instead of my local car park but I still train everyday at home.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

2nd lockdown

31st Oct, 2020

I have been away to Turkey for Authorpedic corrective treatment for 5 weeks, I have also been keeping up with my training while I was away.

Coming back to a second lockdown does not stop me from carrying on my training, in this particular situation we all have to be as normal as we can we hope that the situation can change soon, I look forward to the day that we can train and compete again.

Meanwhile we have to keep our head up high stay strong and most importantly keep safe.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Disappointment

2nd Oct, 2020

I am very disappointed that I didn't get enough opportunity for competitions because of lockdown and I have also not being able to complete my internship and was not able to have a proper exam for maths & English because of lockdown so I will have to wait until next year.

Winter training is about to start so I have to focus to improve my performance. Having been through a very difficult year in study & training it has made me realise that I have to change to adapt but I don't regret going through this difficulty but I will use this opportunity to adapt to new changes and keep positive.

I am sure that I am not the only one going through the similar situation.

Perhaps sometimes in the future we will look back and grateful of we had learnt and becoming a stronger person

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Training is flowing again

18th Jul, 2020

Its been quite a journey these four months into lockdown. Training has started to flow again, been jumping really consistent so i am hoping this will help me once i start competing again. My coach has helped me so much during this lockdown, he is a great coach and i respect him so much. He always has my best interest. Running sessions have been very consistent, hopefully this will transfer to the pit when its time. My focus on on next year and trying to qualify to the paralympics!! This will truly be dream come true if this happens. I will try my hardest to achieve my dream.

I have been cleaning up my nutrition which has helped me in all areas of my training, from recovery, to sleep to keeping up with my energy levels

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Finally the Track is open

10th Jun, 2020

Its been a few weeks but finally the track is open for running, it really does a bit strange, but i am happy to be back to normal training, i started back with my coach and i am really enjoying getting back into things. I have just found out today. After 2 months i can finally start jumping next week.

This is all very exciting for me, its been very tough on me mentally and i have really missed the track, my friends and my coach.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Working Hard in Training

26th May, 2020

Training in lockdown

Training started off quiet slow as it took to adapt t a new way of living and a new way of training, as i am not training as much as i am use to, however we built our home gym and i am now training well with this in place, without this funding this would not of been possible. Lots of support from my personal coach has got me through this month, he has given me lots to do and learn, spending this time working on the technique so that when i go back i am hoping this will not of effected me too much.

I am really missing athletics and jumping and meeting up with my friends. This has also given me a good opportunity to spend time with family and concentrate on my nutrition i now have a better understanding

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

lockdown training

5th Apr, 2020

Its been a tough few weeks with UK on lockdown and athletics cancelled, with everything surrounding Covid - 19. I am having to be creative around my training. i am still determined to keep on going by training at home with limited equipment and accessories with the support of my coach, i have been extremely lucky that i have access to a hill so i hav bben doing hill runs and access to a step where i am able to do drop jumps. I am lucky that this area is secluded and nobody visits this area.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Winter training

4th Nov, 2019

So far so good, I have got my new programme winter training programme is grass runs & circuits on Monday night, Tuesday & Thursday s&c, Wednesday track runs & Friday & Saturday technical jump sessions looking forward to all my training

Looking forward I know it won't be easy but their are many athletes probably doing much more training than I am to be able to compete in senior level next year this is what it takes to get me there

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

My new beginning of a new season

9th Oct, 2019

winter training is about to start but I have one more competition I have been invited with the senior para athletes and 3 time Paralympian long jump champion stef Reid MBE on the 25th October.

Meanwhile, I carry on training at David weir centre with my new coach John shepherd once a week my new training is now more intense, hopefully it will help me to progress and improve my jump distance next season. I have set my new target I am aiming a new target of 7m, I know it won't be easy but I will try my very best.

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

New Challenges

14th Sep, 2019

I had 2 weeks warm weather training in Turkey training in hot weather wasn't easy but I can feel that I am stronger after 2 weeks.

I will be 19 next month becoming an Senior Athlete will bring a whole host of challenges. I had amazing year and meet many new friends and achieve many of my goals these will not happen without the supports from my coach, family, college, British Athletics, Sportsaid and TASS, my grateful thanks to all of them.

Next season will bring many new challenges I will continue to work hard, set new goals.

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

World championships

6th Aug, 2019

I am pleased that all the hard work I put in to train finally payoff on Saturday 3rd August I competed for great Britain in Notwill, Switzerland in word junior para Athletics championships I retained my gold medallist with a PB of 6m 70cm.

But my achievement only possible because all the supports that I receive from British Athletics, sportsaid, TASS and LRS sport go gold funding

My thanks also to my coach Femi Atkinsanya & John Shepherd who gave me double dose of training every week.

My Achievement at this championship is my 1st step on a pathway to becoming a senior athlete next year which will enabling me to compete internationally a huge thanks encouraging to help me to work hard to progress into the next level

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

I believe I can

4th Jul, 2019

This month I am honoured to be selected in GB squad for the World Para junior Championships in Notwill. I have just received my kit last Saturday.

I have got 4 weeks to improve myself for this upcoming event, I am determined to do my best to make my Country proud. I have seen my S&C coach he has given me new mobility exercises to improve my on going problem of my scoliosis it is not easy for any Athlete who has the same problem which prevented me having a full range of movement as my right side. But I have to overcome this disability the new mobility exercises is much harder than the one I used to do before, I am sure practice makes perfect

I believe I can.

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Last month journey

4th Jun, 2019

Last month it was a new beginning of the season

Thank you for all the supports from LR sports, British Athletics, Sportsaid, TASS, friends and family and coaches they encourage me to achieve a new PB of 6m 33. For me I would like to be jumping further this season I know it will take time but I am determined to achieve a new PB this season

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Competition

10th May, 2019

My training group has started to go into competition phase which means there will be mainly more technical sessions with the upcoming competitions.

This year my main focus is to jump consistent over 6m and reach a new PB so I can get selected by for World Junior Championships in Switzerland.

I am looking forward to my 2nd outdoor competition in Leicester in saffron lane this weekend competitions are getting serious now

I am happy to report that I have gained a brand new PB of 6m 32 yesterday

More Information: thepowerof10.info

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Warm weather trainings in sunny Sutton

23rd Apr, 2019

It has been an extremely busy month, training, S&C and college exams, competitions and driving lessons, training away from home in sutton has taken alot of my time away this month.

First outdoor competition in Kingston 2019 jumped 6.16m, great season opener in very windy conditions. Happy to start the season over 6m.

I am currently training by long jump coach John shepherd in sutton until the end of this week, while my coach Femi is away in warm weather training in Malta. We are working on techniques and breaking each elements down so that I can jump better this season.

I passed my driving test this month after 3 failed attempts, practice makes perfect just like my long jump. I am building up my strength, confidence and just have to nailed the new techniques I learnt to go on my competitions this year.

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Last indoor competition

16th Mar, 2019

Today was my last indoor competition I was determined to make this competition a good one.

During the last 8 weeks TASS programme has given me some solid training of Strength & conditioning the result today proved that I trained hard I will progress. I jumped a new PB 6m 26, a small margin but it is enough to give me confidence to progress further on.

I can jump! I am determined to jump further

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Competition has started

6th Feb, 2019

My first and second indoor competitions were in Birmingham just to get myself into competition mode so that I am well prepared for the outdoor competitions coming around in April 6th at loughborough.

I am looking forward to the go gold talent camp in march I encourage all the young athletes to attend there is so much that you can learn in a day there will be nutrition, psychology and focusing.

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

New Challenge

3rd Jan, 2019

2019 is a year that I am determined to reach my goal, through the Christmas holidays I had good rest and had light training, I feel that I have gained my confidence to overcome new challenges.

My goals in 2019 :

* passing my driving test

* pass exams

* achieving a new PB in long jump

* qualifying for para world junior championships

2018 has taught me to be patient and consistent and resilience.

2019 is going to be a very busy year for me and my coach has planned my competitions I will take each competition seriously as a new challenges

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Eat well, keep healthy and strong

12th Dec, 2018

News about some athletes suffered from bone disease horrified me, because they had very poor diet to keep their weight down so that they can perform better!

Over the last few years, my family created meal plans for me to make sure I get enough nutrition to keep me healthy and strong. One of my favourite meal is Lentil and beef burger in a tiny diner rolls, no chips, only salad.

Attached sample of one of my week's meal plan to share.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

New challenges

5th Nov, 2018

I now train 5 to 6 sessions per week, training either before or after college is a whole new experience to me.

Monday - S & C in Cambridge, a long journey, but Coach Piotr has been training me for 2 years.

Tuesday - morning training at HIPAC, then off to college.

Wednesday - early class at 9am until 3.45pm, off to HIPAC training with my training group.

Thursday - early S & C at Powerbase until 10.50 then rush to college for lessons.

Friday - early training from 9.30 by my coach Femi Atkinsanya, then college at 11.

Saturday - Powerbase gym for mobility exercise.

Sunday - REST!

I know, if I can rise up to these challenges, I will be stronger to face up the next season's competitions!

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

TASS

8th Oct, 2018

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated onto the TASS squad programme for 2018/2019 I am thankful to Sportsaid who provided funding for my future development and UKA who believe in me. I am looking forward to meet the TASS team at Loughborough University on Thursday .

I have started winter training with my coach Femi 3x times a week and we had a set for this year

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

End of season

3rd Sep, 2018

I had my last 2 competitions on Friday & Sunday, they didn't go as well as I had hoped.

Looking back, I used to train and practice long jump more than 120 sessions each year, this year I've only been able to practice less than 30 sessions, with only 6 jump practices each session. The figures tells me I was under trained. Something is not right in my training schedules that I need to address in order to improve.

Looking ahead, if I only have 1 practice session every week of the year, I will only have 52 sessions and 312 jumps, not sure if this is the way forward.

As people say practice makes perfect. I need to practice, practice, practice and I need more practices!

Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Going for Gold & Silver at CAU

6th Aug, 2018

At CAU last week, despite the horrible wind (-4.4) and rain, I managed to jump 6.14 and got my first silver medal this year. In shot put I managed to achieve my first GOLD medal this year. Although shot put is not my main event, as a T20 athlete, going to competitions just to do one event means I have to wait for ages, now I can add another event to keep me busy.

Thanks to my S&C coach Piotr Golaszczyk who structured a new training programme for me to work on to help strengthen my hamstring and improve my mobilities.

After going through the rehab programme for more than 3 months, I started the new S&C programme 3 weeks ago and it is very hard. But no pain, no gain, I believe my coach is working for the best of my interest.

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Karim Chan

Karim Chan

GO GOLD Athlete

Recent competition

8th Jul, 2018

In the last two competitions I have been very consistent within my jumps, first one was in Newham Parallel Success in London which I jumped 6.04 which puts me In 3rd place on the IPC European rankings, second competition in Doncaster didn't jump as far as I thought I would do of a best jump of 5.70 and the last which was yesterday at Coventry didn't do to bad with a best jump of 5.82 I know that there is lots of work to improve my training including swimming, s&c training in Cambridge and HIPAC. I need to do better for CAU.

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