Wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers will be reunited with his family on Tuesday after doing them and Great Britain proud at the IPC World Championships in Qatar.
Despite only turning 17 a month ago, the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC flyer stood tall alongside the world’s best in the blistering heat of Doha – qualifying for the 400m and 800m finals and recording a lifetime best 30.35seconds in his third event, the 200m.
Proud father Frank said the Catterall-based former AKS pupil can take only positives from the whole amazing experience as he builds towards next year’s Paralympics. Frank told The Gazette: “To reach two finals, including one (the 400m) which by rights he shouldn’t have got anywhere near, was a great achievement.
“Isaac made one mistake in the 800m and perhaps could have done even better, but overall I’m very pleased.
“The fact he coped so well means we can all look forward to the Rio Paralympics, which should be cooler.”
The friendly rivalry with GB team-mate Ben Rowlings, from Coventry, who reached all three finals in Doha, spurs Isaac on.
Frank continued: “Ben got the better of Isaac this time but he is more than two years older. Ben has worked very hard and was unlucky not to get a medal, but British Athletics are happy with both of them. They have youth on their side.”
The season is now over for Isaac, though there will only be a week’s break from training before his winter preparations for the European Championships (in Italy next June) and ultimately the Brazil Paralympics begins.
And he’ll be back at Cardinal Newman College in Preston later this week. “He’s missed enough school already,” adds Frank.