Nicholas BEIGHTON (GBR)

GBUnited Kingdom
Age:
40 years
Federation:
BRITISH CANOEING
Nicholas Beighton (GBR)

Biography

Further Personal Information

NICKNAME
Nick, Zlatan [because of his resemblance to Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic]
BIOGRAPHY
Classification
KL2 (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Sep 2016)

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (bbc.co.uk, 25 May 2016)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (bbc.co.uk, 25 May 2016)

Impairment Details
In 2009 he was serving in Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers of the British Army. He stood on an improvised explosive device [IED] and lost both of his legs above the knee. He was in an induced coma for 10 days and spent about three months in hospital. (bbc.co.uk, 25 May 2016)

PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Shrewsbury
OCCUPATION
Veteran
HIGHER EDUCATION
University of Sheffield, England
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
He took up Para canoe sprint in 2014
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
He competed in rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, but had to take a break from the sport to undergo surgery. He later took up Para canoe sprint. "I found it almost by chance. I was looking for something different, a new sport and a new challenge. I'd done a little bit of sea kayaking in my time off after London and really got the bug for it. It provides me a focus in life. It gives me the structure I need to have purpose. That's one of the things you lose when you are injured. That sense of purpose and direction in life."
CLUB
Shropshire Paddlesports [England]
NAME OF COACH
Colin Radmore [national]
OTHER INFORMATION

CANOE SPRINT
RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
3KL22016Duisburg, GER44.572
9KL22015Milan, ITA47.558

ROWING
RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
4TA Mixed Double Sculls - TAMix2x2012London, GBR4:05.77
World Championships
6TA Mixed Double Sculls - TAMix2x2011Bled, SLO4:10.76
CLASSIFICATION
KL2
OTHER SPORTS
He competed in rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London