Rio Boothe

February 23, 2023

Rio Boothe

What do you do?
I am a T37 para-athlete, I compete for Manchester Harriers and my university athletics team LJMU athletics. My events are 100m, 200m and the Long Jump.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Getting offered a Sport Scholarship at LJMU. Also, being invited to the first ever England Athletics National Indoor Para Championships in March

 What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
I’d say coming to terms and accepting my condition has been the biggest challenge. Most of the time I am fine with my disability and my condition because I learnt to adapt my daily life around it, however I sometimes get days where I struggle and blame myself for my condition. However, speaking to people whether it be my family, friends’ other people with CP help/ have helped me overcome the bad days.

Who was your role-model growing up?
After watch the London 2012 Paralympics I always saw Jonnie Peacock as a role model alongside other para athletes, because it always made me think to myself “I can do that”. Also, Usain Bolt throughout his track career as well. In addition, my parents have always helped, supported me, and inspire me to do well and reach my goals.

What do you think would help more adults with CP achieve their ambitions?
Public speaking and directly combatting their negative pre-conceived stereotypes of disability as of whole. Setting up support groups.