07.Sep.12 Paralympic successes continue!
With Team GB successes coming thick and fast in the Athletics at the Paralympic Games we look back (remember when postboxes were painted red) and forwards to what will come next.
Back in early 2010 London 2012 seemed a long way away. But one rainy day at Cambridge we caught up with a young sprinter called Jonathan Peacock.
Last night the Olympic stadium was erupting to the chanting of his name and it was only him putting his figure to his lips that was able to silence 80,000 people to ‘hear-a-pin-drop’ volume levels before bringing the noise to a crescendo once more 10.90sec after the gun sounded as he crossed the line to take gold.
While many are predicting there is a great deal more to come for him we can look back on what we found out for that Spring 2010 issue of Setting The Pace.
We learned, “While many athletes are name checking the games at the moment Jonathan’s career is very closely linked to the games. He explained that he had not been involved in the sport until his prosthetist told him about a ParalympicsGB Talent Identification day at Mile End, in London. Jonathan explained, “I went along and took part in several sports. A few days later I received an email asking me to attend the five month power programme trials because of my 60m time.”
“Jonathan’s ability meant he got through the selection process and attended several training weekends at Loughborough. From there UKA linked Jonathan up to Cambridge based Level 3 sprints coach Hayley Ginn – one of the coaches on England Athletics’ National Coach Development Programme.
“It wasn’t just the test performances as part of the talent identification process that were attracting attention. After just a couple of weeks on the programme Jonathan won the Aviva Parallel Success 100m event at the Aviva Crystal Palace Grand Prix in 13.10sec. He then went on to the UK School Games and lowered his personal best to 12.85sec...”
Jonnie had attracted the attention of England Athletics sponsors Sunwise. But he was starting on a pathway that would see him relocating to Lee Valley and going on to break the T44 world record at the US Paralympic Track and Field Trials on 1 July this year with a time of 10.85sec.
Back in Spring 2010 England Athletics was just starting to work on our ‘Are You Ready?’ campaign to challenge ourselves, our clubs and people across our sport about whether they would be ready for the opportunities presented by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We finished our article on Jonnie by saying, “Whether it is lashing with rain or bright sunshine when the gun goes he will be ready.” He certainly was!
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