Paralympic silver medallist Libby Clegg has told Sportsister she’s feeling confident ahead of the Games, with recent results giving her a welcome boost.
The 22-year-old, who competes in the T12 100m and 200m sprint, set two personal bests in Germany last month, before heading to the IPC European Championships in Holland where she added the European 100m title to the world title she won in New Zealand last year.
“Getting the results gives you a lot more confidence,” she says. “After New Zealand, even though I got a gold and a bronze there last year at the World Championships, I was still lacking in confidence because I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
“I’ve changed coach and I’ve got a really nice training group now so it’s really given me the confidence to believe in myself. I actually go into races feeling much better about myself – having that positive attitude really helps. You can go a long way thinking happy thoughts.”
Though happy thoughts are good, the track star understands it’ll take more than just positive thinking to give her the edge in London.
“In the past I’ve just had European competitors, so a Spanish, French and a Slovakian girl, but now I have two Chinese competitors that have come through who I’ve never raced before.
“I’m really looking forward to competing against them because it’s a challenge, they’re running pretty quick.
“As I got two gold medals in Holland I’ve beaten all my European competitors this year. I want to go out to London prepared to race against these unknown girls and I’m really looking forward to it.”
And not only is she looking forward to proving herself on the track once again, but she’s also aware of the opportunity London 2012 poses to put disability sport in the spotlight.
“It’s fantastic it being a home Games because not only will we have the support from the whole country, but also our friends and family will be able to come and watch.
“My brother has also been selected for the swimming team so I’m really excited about sharing the experience with him.
“The Paralympics are of course going to be different to the Olympics, but not in a negative way. You’ll get to see a different kind of running and see the barriers people have gone through to get to where they are and I think that’s really exciting.”
Jessica Whittington, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine
Libby is sponsored by property marketing business ESPC.
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