Athletics: Libby Clegg still in running for Rio

Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg
Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg

It may have proved to be a difficult year for sprinter Libby Clegg in 2015 but the two-time Paralympic silver medallist is confident she can put that behind her and return to top form in time for Rio 2016.

Last year T12 sprinter Clegg headed to the IPC World Championships in Doha with high hopes but was forced to withdraw with a foot injury which ultimately resulted in the loss of her funding from UK Athletics

That hasn’t stopped the 25-year-old from continuing her quest for Paralympic glory however after returning to the track in the New Year.

And she says that she is ready to get back on course after a tumultuous period that also saw her forced out of last year’s European Championships with illness.

“It’s a huge year for me and hopefully I can get back on course after the injury and get back to my best,” she said.

“I am not going to lie, the last few months have been really difficult and I probably came into the New Year with a lot of frustration.

“But I am positive about what lies ahead and I am looking forward to this year and obviously it’s a huge time for everyone.

“I would love to go to Rio and be successful. We just have to see how this season goes but I am in a really good training block at the moment.”

Clegg was speaking as she helped to launch ‘Supercharge ParalympicsGB’ – a new campaign which allows the public to show their support for Britain’s Paralympians over the course of 2016 and beyond through fundraising, donating funds and taking part in dedicated ‘Supercharge’ fan activity.

It is the first time the British Paralympic Association, a registered charity, has launched such a major public facing campaign to generate support and raise funds for ParalympicsGB and Clegg believes it will prove invaluable in the run up to Rio 2016.

“Going into London we weren’t really as well known but I think those Games opened a lot of peoples’ eyes to para sport,” she said.

“This campaign is brilliant and I think it will show that the legacy from London is alive and well and that there is still a huge interest in para sport.

“It will be such a big help because there is so much that goes into having a successful Games and every little helps.

“To have the support of the public means so much and I think all the athletes are moved by the support we have had since London.”

You can help #Supercharge ParalympicsGB to Rio 2016 and beyond. Show your support for the team and find out more at www.paralympics.org.uk/supercharge