Great Cornard shot putterJonathan Adams will be fighting the pain barrier and going for gold next week.
He is competing in the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) European Championships at Swansea, but a change in classification means he will be standing for the shot competition, rather than sitting.
Adams competed at the Paralympics in London in 2012.
He took last summer off from competition, and began training for the different discipline in November.
In a few short months he has set a personal best of 12.62 metres, and is now ranked third in Europe in his new S35 classification.
Adams, 21, who has cerebral palsy, has had a number of operations on his legs, and may face further surgery in due course.
“Changing from seated to standing means I am in pain every time I throw, so in the winter I will be looking to improve my technique,” he said.
For the last few years he has been competing in both shot and discus, but the IPC has taken the discus out of Rio 2016, and it will not feature in his classification at Swansea.
“I’m lucky to still have an event to compete in,” said Adams, who has just completed his second year at Loughborough University, where he is reading social psychology.
Adams, who won the British Universities title earlier this year, is looking for a winning performance next week.
“It’s a competition, and while a personal best would be good, it is all about coming out on top, so I need to perform well.”
Adams will be in action at the Swansea University Stadium next Thursday.