Determined young woman on target for GB Paralympic team

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The countdown is on for a Paralympic hopeful as she steps up her preparations for selection to represent Team Great Britain.

Georgina Oliver from Rastrick has been selected for the Great Britain World Class Performance Programme which will prepare her for possible selection for the 2012 London Paralympic games.

After finishing her childcare studies at Kirklees College, Huddersfield, the 19-year-old is now totally focusing on next year.

“Obviously my training is being stepped up. I need to be training 10 times a week and often twice a day,” she said. “That will consist of conditioning work in the gym and working on the track and on the road.

“I am also going to Portugal with the team GB for warm weather training for ten days. It will be the first time I have done something like this and been away from my parents so it will be a bit strange but I am looking forward to it.

Currently, she is ranked 13th in the world in the 100m T54 class and has the A standard qualifying time for next year’s event. She is also high in the world rankings for the 400m, where she has the B standard, and is fractions off the qualifying mark for the 800m.

At the London Disability Athletics Grand Prix in Crystal Palace, she had an impressive performance, finishing second behind Canadian athlete Keira Lyn-Frie.

As well as competing against top international athletes, she has also come up against the best in this country including Shelly Woods, who donated one of her racing chairs to Georgina.

“I still get really nervous before the start of any meeting but I am enjoying my racing. I will be looking to improve on my times at each race meeting to help with selection for the games next year.”

Georgina will be meeting up with other potential members of Team GB this month and will be taking a tour around the Olympic stadium and facilities.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games run from August 29 to September 9 and the team selection will be announced a few months before.