Declan shakes off injury to claim European medals in Turkey

City of Norwich AC member, Declan Manning, has just returned from the INAS European championships in

City of Norwich AC member, Declan Manning, has just returned from the INAS European championships in Ankara, Turkey where he was selected to represent the GB UKSA learning disability team in Hammer, Discus and Shot. - Credit: Submitted

City of Norwich Athletic Club member Declan Manning returned from the International Association of Sport for para-athletes European Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

The 23-year-old was selected to represent the UK Sports Association learning disability team in the hammer, discus and shot put events.

The UK team of six athletes and three coaches travelled out to Ankara in Turkey via Istanbul from Manchester airport and, fortunately, narrowly missed the recent bomb attack at Istanbul Airport, after leaving to travel on the Ankara airport transfer flight 45 minutes before the first bomb went off.

The team and supporters who travelled out to Turkey, including Declan's father and coach, Kevin Manning, would like to express their deepest sympathy for the families and friends of all of those who lost their lives and were injured in the terrible attack. Although deeply shocked, the terrible incident did not faze the team as they went on to collect 12 medals between them.

Declan won silver in the hammer, bronze in the discus and finished fourth in the shot put. This was quite an achievement for Declan, who is still recovering from an injury to his throwing arm, and is still having physio to return to full fitness.

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Declan said: 'I would like to thank everyone who has helped me over the last three months to recover from my injury and I look forward to getting back to throwing to my full potential shortly.

'This will hopefully allow me to throw at the remaining Parallel League events this season.'

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