16-year-old Thomas Talbot from Lincolnshire has cerebral palsy; he has actually been using devices from Mission, among the UKs leading suppliers of treatment, rehabilitation and adaptive cycling equipment, since the age of 4 to help him stay as independent as possible.
By pure coincidence, the Kaye Walker is made by Quest who are based in Shropshire, near to where the Talbot family were living at the time.
The Talbot household initially fulfilled Rob Henshaw, Quests Managing Director, quickly after transferring to Shropshire. Thomas physiotherapist at the time was working with him to enhance his movement and assist him to walk and advised to his moms and dads that he attempt a Kaye Walker.
” I like the competitions and my physio is constantly stating how helpful for me all the training is. For example, during the lock down, my coach Phil Fleetwood assembled a strength and conditioning program and this alone has changed how I can mobilize when utilizing my Kaye Walker,” added Thomas.
After 2 years, Thomas silver walker was replaced with a blue one and then as he approached his 4th birthday, his physiotherapist recommended he attempt utilizing a trike to further assist develop his strength.
” We talked to Quest and when Robs coworker Paul turned up with Thomas trike for an evaluation, he could not get on it quick enough and off he chose Paul following him to get it back– we still laugh about that today!” continued Ali.
VLUU L100, M100/ Samsung L100, M100Following several months of training, Thomas participated in his first event in Manchester in May 2015 and ever since, his development has been nothing brief of amazing.
At each age group in which Thomas has completed, he has actually been nationwide champ and last season, he broke the under-16 RR2 100 metre world record and established a brand-new under-16 RR2 world record for 1500 metres in 2019.
That was just the start of Thomas and Quests journey.
At the time, Ali was Chief Executive of CP Sport and she took Thomas to a Grand Prix so he might view some para-athletics. It was here that Thomas was presented to the world of Race Running.
” I had actually never seen Race Running prior to but it looked brilliant. I talked to Gavin Drysdale and Hannah Dimes who were both racing and, on the method home, I informed Mum I wished to try as I believed I may be rather proficient at it,” continued Thomas.
Thomas concluded: “I can not thank Rob and everybody at Quest enough for all their assistance over the last 12 years. Every product I have had, from my very first tiny Kaye Walker through to my newest Storm Race Runner has actually been remarkable and never let me down. No matter who you speak to, absolutely nothing is ever excessive problem and you can inform they actually care about the client and their family.
Four months later, after another bout of fundraising, Rob turned up with a race runner to assess Thomas and after simply one shot, Thomas revealed he desired to complete as quickly as possible. Ali then began searching for a club near to home that would accept Thomas and discovered one in Lincoln which was perfect and they concurred Thomas could train with them.
Thomas is now a main Quest Ambassador and his dream is to contend in future Commonwealth Games and Paralympics. To help with his training and competing, Thomas is the proud owner of a Storm Race Runner, which the group at Quest has customized to help him as much as possible. Thomas concluded: “I can not thank Rob and everybody at Quest enough for all their assistance over the last 12 years.
” Rob even pertained to support me at my first official competition in Denmark and see how the bikes were performing and if there was anything that might be done to enhance them for those taking part!”
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Thomas Kaye Walker and Panther trike were important in not just guaranteeing he could be as independent as possible, however likewise as he continued to build up his core strength and mobility at school and home as he grew.
Ali said: “We needed to educate the coaches and they let Thomas train together with ambulant and able-bodied professional athletes and he has been a member ever given that.”
For the next couple of years, Thomas utilized his Kaye Walker, all day, every day, and his trike at every chance until he had outgrown it and it was changed with a Panther trike in June 2009– once again provided by Quest. By this time, Thomas and his physio were striving on his core stability so he would have the ability to mobilise as much as possible at school and the Panther played a vital role in this.
Thomas is now a main Quest Ambassador and his dream is to contend in future Commonwealth Games and Paralympics. To help with his training and contending, Thomas is the proud owner of a Storm Race Runner, which the team at Quest has actually modified to help him as much as possible. These adjustments include carbon fibre low profile bars with time trial brake lever, cut down support posts to save weight and to attain a flatter profile, a replacement much shorter handlebar stem, and optimised seat angle.
Rob commented: “It has actually been so satisfying to see Thomas develop from taking his very first tentative steps in a Kaye Walker to his position now as a world champ Race Runner. Thomas is proof that if you put your mind to it anything is possible no matter your level of movement and everyone here at Quest anticipates viewing him win more medals and set more world records in the future.”
” To be sincere, I do not keep in mind a life without Quest and Rob becoming part of it and the Kaye Walkers have actually been a lifeline to me as without them I would have had to utilize a wheelchair basically throughout the day as I am unable to walk unaided due to my Cerebral Palsy,” commented Thomas.
Thomas mom Ali explained: “We had never heard of a Kaye Walker, so we went to Shrewsbury Sports Village with Thomas physio to fulfill Rob and learn all about it. As quickly as he saw the Kaye Walker, Thomas might not wait to take a crack at and it resembled a switch had actually been switched on and he suddenly realised he could move on his own and he literally hasnt recalled given that.”
In 2014, a journey to Gateshead altered whatever for Thomas. At the time, Ali was Chief Executive of CP Sport and she took Thomas to a Grand Prix so he could enjoy some para-athletics. It was here that Thomas was introduced to the world of Race Running.