Ready for the European stage

Georgina Oliver
Georgina Oliver

Rastrick paralympic athlete Georgina Oliver is hoping to build on a successful year as she heads to the European Championships.

The 21-year-old has been selected in the 56-strong GreatBritain and Northern Ireland team, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, for the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea on August 18-23.

She will be competing in the T54 100m and400m and is in positive mood ahead of the games.

“Training has gone really well over the summer.

“I have been competing and setting personal bests in my races,” said the former Rastrick High School pupil.

“I have now gone full time with my training and the work is paying off with my coaches.

“I have a couple of race meetings before the championship but I can’t wait to get back on the track and be representing Great Britain again.”

In 2013, in her first major international event, she picked up a bronze medal at the IPC World Athletics Championships, held in Lyon, France.

She has also been over to Switzerland and the United States, as well as races in the UK, picking up some impressive reults.

Georgina will also be joined by Halifax team-mate Hannah Cockroft who has started the season in imperious form and will head to South Wales Swansea University International Sports Village.

Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn, who will lead the GB & NI team, said: “The IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea is vitally important in the development of the team over the course of the next few years.

“There are a number of familiar faces once again in the team, but also what is encouraging is the emerging talent breaking into the ranks, which puts us in a really strong position moving forwards.

“It’s another home championships for the team and it will be great to get the support of not only the local Welsh community, but also the rest of the British public coming from further afield.

“We saw how much a home crowd spurred on the athletes in London, and it would be great to give the team another rapturous welcome in South Wales.”