Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Mickey Bushell MBE is the Paralympic British T53 Record Holder (Wheelchair) 100m,200m,400m,800m, European T53 Record Holder 100m,200m,400m and a Paralympic T53 100m Gold Medalist
Mickey was born on the 8th June 1990 with a very rare medical condition called Lumbar Sacral Spinal Agenesis Congenital Paraplegia, at the time there were only 15 other cases in England. This means that Mickey is missing seven of his vertebrae from the lower spine. He has no stomach muscle control, which means that his legs and hips float at the bottom of his body and have never developed.
Mickey’s medal count, accolades and records represent an exceptional super human quality, character and strength, his achievements defy any form of disability. At the age of 11, Mickey was first spotted by Paralympian Deborah Brennan whilst speeding around his school in a wheelchair playing dodge ball. She suggested that he try wheelchair racing and Mickey was soon hooked on the thrill and speed of the sport and at the age of 15 he was selected to join the British team.
In 2008 Mickey competed in the Beijing Summer Paralympics where he won a Silver medal in the men’s 100 metres T53 event.
In June 2009 he went on to set a new 100m T53 world record in Ibach, Switzerland beating the old record by three one hundredths of a second
He was later to repeat an incredible achievement at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand where he picked up Silver and Bronze in the T53 100 and 200m class.
On the 3rd September 2012 at the London Paralympics he won Gold for Great Britain in the T53 100m in a time of 14.75 seconds, just shy of the world record time of 14.47 seconds.
Throughout his career Mickey has also notched up countless British Records for the T53 class in the 100m,200m,400m,800m and the European T53 100m.
In 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.