Broom-Ed­wards wins sil­ver to prove the ben­e­fit of self-ther­apy

Bri­ton’s med­i­cal role helps him to man­age con­di­tion Pol­ish ri­val spoils hopes of vic­tory for third time

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Gareth A Davies

could, in the­ory, Fos­bury Flop over world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion Anthony Joshua with 17cm to spare.

Be­ing a role model is im­por­tant to this stand­out Bri­tish ath­lete. “I be­came a ther­a­pist be­cause I wanted to man­age my own con­di­tion so that is what I do part-time along­side my train­ing.

“It is quite nice, I am get­ting a lot of peo­ple through my web­site with tal­ipes con­tact­ing me about how to man­age it be­cause I man­age it quite well.

“I have build-ups in my shoes, I have ath­letic con­trol through the clinic I work at, Cione Well­ness. That is what al­lows me to train with­out pain.

“If it wasn’t for the fact I have all these I would look a lot worse.

“Through the de­vel­op­ment years of my life, I have been able to have the right lev­els of con­trol.

“But it is im­por­tant – not every dis­abil­ity is that ob­vi­ous. Some of the cere­bral palsy ath­letes – you can’t tell un­til the lac­tic kicks in.

“Just be­cause peo­ple are blase it does not mean it is not there and does not mean they are not deal­ing with it.”

And the fly­ing li­cence? “That will be when I’m free of the train­ing. Maybe af­ter Tokyo I’ll go back to that. I was very close to hav­ing the Pri­vate Pi­lot’s Li­cence be­fore I started aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer­ing, but it will come.”

The crowd, said Broom-Ed­wards, had in­spired him. “It was un­real, just un­real. That’s not even the fullest it’s been, but the roar of the crowd, even when I was be­ing in­tro­duced, was the best. I don’t think it will be matched.”

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