Triple champ Chan is going for national glory after starring at regional level

Karim Chan with the Paul Digney Shield and his medals.
Karim Chan with the Paul Digney Shield and his medals.
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A Peterborough athlete was the star performer at the recent Eastern Region Disability Championships in Chelmsford.

Karim Chan, a 14 year-old Marshfields School pupil who suffers from autism, took part in the 100m, 200m and long jump at the championships and won all three.

Over 140 athletes were in action at the meeting and Chan’s treble earned him the Paul Digney Shield for the best performances of the day.

It also earned him selection for the Eastern Region team to compete at the National Disability Championships at Warwick University on June 27 and 28.

Chan, who last week set new personal bests for the 100m of 12.9secs and the long jump of 5.94m in a schools meeting, first took up athletics 18 months ago and is a member of the Nene Valley Harriers Special Needs Club run by Ian Nolan.

He has now been asked to attend the mainstream club of Nene Valley for a session a week to help towards gaining national standard.