Paula Dunn, head coach for the British Athletics Paralympic Programme, is proud of how the country’s para athletes have responded to life in lockdown and the postponement of Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since confirmation of the Games being pushed back a year, Paula and her team have been maintaining regular contact with the track and field stars to offer them further support during a challenging time.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Paralympic gold medallist Danny Crates, who is a long-standing ambassador of SportsAid, has written a two-part blog on his own relationship with mental health. Here, in the second instalment, Danny reflects on the challenges he faced around Beijing 2008, his ‘all or nothing’ personality, making the decision to retire from para athletics and how he managed the transition out of full-time sport.