Name: Bethan Lishman
Club: Wigan Harriers and A C
Coach: Bob Halliwell
Event/s: Hammer Throw
Personal bests: 46.60m 4th in the world
How did you first get involved in athletics? My mum but when I chose to do hammer I wanted to beat my brother (sibling rivalry)
Who has been your biggest influence in athletics and why? The whole of the Paralympic team because like me, nothing stops us achieving our goals
What, so far, has been your biggest achievement in athletics? The year of my first international in Turkey where I was unranked and throwing badly then threw a huge lifetime best to finish 4th just outside the medals
What are your aspirations for the forthcoming Deaflympic Games in Sofia? To achieve a medal as I’ve worked harder than ever before and put so much into getting to the Games I just want to make my coach proud
What advice would you give to Deaf athletes who want to get involved in athletics? I joined late. I wish that I had started earlier as I could have travelled to so many places and met more incredibly amazing people. I have an extended family in the Deaf team now. It’s a great buzz on the team and everyone is really welcoming.
Can you tell us a funny story about yourself that no-one else knows about you? When I was young we were all asked to do different events for the team. I was asked to do a 600m in the county champs at 9 yrs. Old. I was running against Colette (also on the Deaf team) and my twin sister. I’m not exactly made for running so I decided to take it out and with 100m to go my sister went passed me and Colette went passed me. I was devastated so carried on running just to say I did 800m and won. Silly really, but I’m competitive in sport.