At the age of 6 Anthony Bryan was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the operation to remove it left him partially paralysed down the left side of his body. But that hasn’t stopped him qualifying and becoming a Personal Trainer. Currently working at YMCA Club, Anthony teaches workout classes not only for the able-bodied, but he also works as an instructor for the Different Strokes (support for younger stroke survivors) group sessions held here.
Anthony initially started playing football, training and playing with Spurs and eventually the London CP (Cerebral Palsy) team. He then turned his focus to Athletics and was selected to represent England in the CPISRA World Games held in Nottingham last month. You wouldn’t believe this was his first championship in an England vest, as he smashed his PB in the 800m by 8 seconds to run 2 mins:45 and in the 1500m ran 5:50 seconds, knocking 12 seconds off his PB and earning him the two gold medals and world titles in his category! So a massive congratulations to Anthony, Double CPISRA World champion!
This is what Anthony had to say about his experience:
“It was an amazing opportunity to experience an international competition and mix with other athletes, all with the potential of becoming future Paralympians. It has definitely given me the confidence and drive to push and reach that higher level as the coaches are really encouraging. This was just the first step towards an international career. I was very proud to be wearing the England kit, representing my country and standing to the National Anthem as I received my medals. It makes all that hard work and training really worth it."