Commonwealth Games champion Chris Sherrington
Congratulations to ICE rider Chris Sherrington on becoming the new Commonwealth Games judo champion. Chris, a Royal Marines Commando, took to trike riding last year to help recover from surgery to his shoulder.
Chris represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics, but serious injuries sustained during training threatened his future in the sport. However, Chris was certain that regular exercise would speed up his recovery:
“I was determined to keep in shape and realised that a trike would be the perfect way to achieve my goals. It would help me maintain my levels of fitness without putting any strain on my shoulder.”
Chris averaged 150 miles a week on long training rides, cycling to his physiotherapy sessions and even using the trike for grocery shopping. This trike-based rehabilitation helped him maintain his Olympian standard of fitness, and halved his recovery time.
“My doctors and physiotherapists are astonished at how I’ve recovered from a major shoulder operation.”
Within only 2 months Chris was back training with the Great Britain judo squad, and was later selected to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
“To come back from injury and surgery so quickly and compete at an international level was unbelievable.”
Cheered on by a raucous crowd at the Commonwealth Games, Chris threw South African Ruan Snyman for two waza-ari scores to claim the gold medal on Saturday.
Following his victory Chris became quite a media sensation, but between radio and television interviews he kindly emailed ICE
“I’m Commonwealth Judo champion and your trikes played a large part in that. [I am] so very proud”