Canoe Focus Winter 2017 - Page 54

54 55 Before my amputation I considered myself as disabled and restricted by my condition. Earlier this year the International Paralympic Committee announced the inclusion of three new Va’a events to the Paracanoe Programme, bringing the total number of Paralympic medal events at Tokyo 2020 to nine. At the age of 16 Jack had his leg amputated above the knee due to a progressive leg condition, and believes that this is what opened many doors for him and allowed him to take on physical challenges. From wheelchair basketball and open water swimming, to being a qualified personal trainer, starring on Ninja Warrior UK and being crowned Mr England 2017 to name just a few of his accomplishments; Jack Eyres has lots of strings to his bow. Now he has his eyes set on paracanoe with the aim of competing in Va’a at Tokyo 2020. >> What is va’a? The va’a is an outrigger canoe which has an ama (second pontoon) as a support float and is used with a single- blade paddle. We sat down with him to find out more about how he balances his busy work schedule with his aim of becoming a Paralympic athlete… Click here to read about the three new paracone events added for Tokyo 2020 paralympic games Bri ѥ͠ ՝ЁݥѠ)ɕ̰)AɅЁ܁ݥȁ5ȁѼ)ЁɔЁݡЁɕѼЁѼѡи)M䁅хѥ)ͼaͅd)Յ䁽䁑)$ɽՑхٕ)չѡЁ́)݅ѼɽٔѡЁ䁱)ͻeЁ)݅