PARALYMPIAN, Richard Chiassaro, has been presented with a Civic Award for his commitment to sport.
Harlow Town Council presented Richard Chiassaro, a wheelchair-racing athlete, with the award on November 2.
Richard, born with Spina Bifida, started racing in 2009, hoping to make the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful but in 2016, he competed in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, where he won gold in the T54 200m and silver for 100m, 400m and 800m.
He was selected for Rio Paralympics and represented Team GB in the T54 100m, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay. He came forth in the 400m, missing bronze by 0.07 seconds.
At the end of 2016, he was ranked top in wheelchair racing in Great Britain in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m.
Since, he has been volunteering at Harlow Athletics Club twice a week where he coaches Wheelchair Racing Squad of young athletes from age seven and up.
Richard Chiassaro stated on his award, ‘It’s great being recognized for stuff I do off the track as well as on. I’m going to continue competing and growing my racing squad so Harlow has more athletes to award in the future.’