Carter won't be fazed by crowds
JAMIE Carter makes his Paralympic bow today – in front of ten of thousands of fans at the Olympic Stadium.
The 17-year-old wheelchair racer from Binbrook will line up in the T34 200m heats this morning, with the opportunity to qualify for this evening's final.
And the Grimsby Institute student, who has cerebral palsy, insists he won't be overawed by the raucous atmosphere in London.
He said: "It is the first big Games I have ever been at, and the first time I have ever represented Great Britain.
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"A full stadium is something I'm looking forward to.
"It's not the amount of people that will be there which is making me nervous, it will be the noise they make which will be the scary thing.
"I know it will be difficult and I am going to London to try and enjoy the experience and learn from it.
"But I would dearly love to reach a final, that would be my dream this time."
Carter will be back in action on Saturday for the 100m heats – and perhaps the final later that evening.
The Cleethorpes Athletic Club member, who only contested his first wheelchair race in November 2010, added: "I have taken, on average, more than two seconds off my 100m time, which is a lot. I have done the same in the 200m so this year has really gone well."