London in sight for paralympic athlete

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RASTRICK wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver is in a positive mood about her chances of booking a spot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games after her recent performances.

At the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, the 19-year-old finished fourth in the T54 100m in a time of 18.73 seconds, just over four tenths of a second off the qualifying standard for this summer’s games.

However, at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial event in Switzerland, she was comfortably inside the qualifying times - setting a personal best of 17.74s in the 100m and another in the 200m.

“My preparations went really well leading up to the Paralympic World Cup. I’ve been training very hard and hopefully it will pay off in London,” said the former Rastrick High School pupil.

“I was in the 400m at the World Cup as well but the 100m was the one that I was really focusing on and I’m pleased with how I performed. I just have to get my times down if I want to be selected for London, but I’m getting near them so I’m feeling fairly confident.”

She is also looking for sponsors to help support her with the cost of equipment, travel and for accommodation.

“There was a big crowd at the World Cup and its the biggest that I have competed in front of so I was extremely nervous.

“When I had finished my event I went to sit in the crowd and as soon as I got there lots of people crowded me for my autograph which shocked me a little because it’s the first time that I have signed so much for people at once. Also they were taking my picture too.

“It was my first paralympic world cup and I really enjoyed being there taking part even though I did get nervous from all the crowd.

“We also got some fantastic weather so that made the day better to compete.”

The BT Paralympic World Cup took place in Manchester from May 22-26 with elite international athletes competing in Athletics, Football 7-aside and Wheelchair Basketball.

Visit www.btparalympicworldcup.com for more information.