Law student aims for gold at Paralympics

A College of Law student is busy mapping out his fencing routine in the hope of representing Great Britain in next year’s Paralympics.

Craig McCann, who is a wheelchair fencer, has just completed his Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) but has decided to put his Legal Practice Course on hold until after London 2012 or even Rio 2016.

 “I decided that with the final run up to qualify for and hopefully compete in London 2012 I wouldn’t be able to successfully put in the necessary amount of work to do my best at both. Since completing the GDL I have begun training as close to full-time as the limited funding will allow me to.” explained McCann.

He added that the equipment necessary for fencing is very expensive, which meant he has needed financial support from his family as well as through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), which helps students with the cost of training and equipment.

McCann, who has a BA in Music Business, eventually hopes to specialise in intellectual property law.

“Since completing the GDL I began training as close to full-time as the limited funding will allow me to, so this involves three to four gym sessions a week, two to three coaching and sparring sessions a week and daily physio,” explained McCann. “As well as the training that takes place at weekend camps,which happen around twice a month.”

The Paralympics hopeful is aiming for a podium finish either at London 2012 or Rio 2016.