Fylde athlete storms to European silver

Isaac Towers with his family after earning a silver medal at the IPC Euro Championships in Swansea
Isaac Towers with his family after earning a silver medal at the IPC Euro Championships in Swansea

A 15-year-old pupil from AKS School Lytham has secured a silver and bronze medal at the IPC European Championships in Swansea.

Wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers, from Catterall, took second place in the 800m T-34 race behind the gold medal winner Henry Manni, from Finland, with an exceptional time of 1:55.18.

But after a lung-busting week, Isaac still managed to clock 58.29 in the 400m T-34 race to pip fellow Brit Ben Rowlings to the podium and take the bronze medal.

Isaac’s success is nothing new to him, as he is the UK record holder at 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

The teenage athlete was delighted with the silver medal after competing in the 800m.

He said: “I could not ask for more really, It’s what I set out do and I have achieved it.

“It means everything to me, its what I have worked torwards for years.

“To have it finally arrive is great, hopefully there is more to come in the future,” he added.

Isaac was also quick to thank his family, who have been there for him since he started racing.

He said: “They will all be pretty proud to be honest. They have been a massive help and supported me all the way through.”

18-year-old racing rival Ben was full of praise for Isaac following their 400m race.

He said: “The rivalry with Isaac is great, we’re friends off the track, but as soon as we get on it we’ve got that killer instinct between each other.

“He was the better guy and I couldn’t do anything about it, I was just wasn’t where I needed to be to win the medal.”

The attention that Isaac has received since winning his medal shows how much disability sport is progressing. Six-time Paralympic champion, David Weir CBE, tweeted the 800m wheelchair athlete a well done message following his silver medal race.

“These sort of events are great, it keeps the ball rolling and picks up people along the way.

“They help get the word out about us as wheelchair racing has never been this big,” Isaac said.

The Great Britain youngster, a member of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club, also reached the finals of both the 100m and 200m races during the championships.