Marcel Hodge

I took up athletics when I was 8 years old. In all honesty, in the beginning it was just a way for my mum to get me out of the house to do something. I have ADHD, so I was very hyper active as a child running around everywhere swinging on the chandeliers (not literally). But at the same time, I loved sitting around all day watching Cartoon Network and Fox Kids and also eating. 

I now specialise in the 100m, 200m and long jump. But now have recently scrapped the long jump and moved up to the 400m. I was introduced to disability athletics in 2011 by Cherie D’Silva, Chair of Leicestershire Disability Athletics. She inspired me to think outside the box, to think of another avenue I could go down as well as mainstream. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't of achieved as much as I have now in disability athletics, nor have so many other opportunities being opened for me. 
I was classified as a T20 (Learning Disability) athlete in 2012. After my classification, my times meant I was selected to compete for the Great Britain learning disability athletics team. I have achieved multiple medals and high rankings since then;
 International and European Performances and Rankings: 
* 16th – 17th March 2012: 7th Inas World Indoor Athletics Championships, Manchester, England. Results: 200m Gold and 4x200m Gold.
* 14th – 17th May 2012: 6th Inas Open European Athletics Championships, Gävle, Sweden. Results: 100m Gold, 200m Gold and 4x100m Silver
* 11th – 16th June 2013: 9th Inas World Athletics Championships, Prague, Czech Republic. Results: 100m Gold, 200m Bronze, 4x100m Bronze.
* 12th – 16th June 2014: 7th Inas Open European Athletics Championships, Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands. Results: 100m Bronze, 200m Silver. 
Other achievements:
* 2012: Ranked No.1 T20 in Europe and UK over the 100m and 200m * 2013: Ranked No.1 T20 in the World and UK over the 100m and 200m 
* 2014: Ranked No.1 T20 in the UK over the 100m 200m and long jump. 
Ranked No. 2 in Europe over the 200m. 
Ranked no.3 in Europe over the 100m. 
All my results and UK rankings can be seen on my athletics profile: 
And my World, European results and rankings can be seen on the INAS Athletics page and the IPC World Rankings page: 
My current target is to qualify for the IPC World Championships in Doha, on 22nd October, competing in the 400m Then aim to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil and I’d like to continue to compete at five more Paralympic Games after that. 5 Paralympic events is definitely achievable.
By my fifth one I'll be around 40 years old, but as long as I stay injury free, apply my mind, listen to my coaches and most importantly train smartly,anything is possible.
I am also an athlete ambassador for the UKSA (UK Sports Association) My Sport, My Voice! project. Here is my video explaining why I love my sport, what it brings to me and why I have been chosen to be an Athlete Ambassador:
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