Hollie Arnold and Jamie Carter thrilled to be selected for London 2012 Paralympic Games
TWO Lincolnshire athletes have achieved their dream after been selected to compete for Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Javelin thrower Hollie Arnold and wheelchair racer Jamie Carter will both compete in front of the eyes of the world when the Games get underway on August 29.
Arnold, 18, is ranked number two in the world in her F46 disability category.
She said receiving the good news was the 'best thing in the world.'
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The former Louth schoolgirl, originally from Holton-le-Clay, was born without a right forearm. She is now hopeful of winning a medal in the capital later this summer.
Carter, from Binbrook, was also thrilled when he found out the news.
The 17-year-old only took up wheelchair racing two years ago, but his rapid progress has caught the eye of the selectors.
The Grimsby Institute student, who is a member of Cleethorpes Athletic Club and trains at King George V Stadium in Grimsby, said: "I was speechless when I heard the news, I did not know what to say.
"I did not know what to expect, I was just waiting to find out. Now I know, I can plan my training looking towards the Games.
"A year ago I would never have expected to be in this position. It is a case of more hard training now."
Carter, who has cerebral palsy, has been attending training sessions with top British Paralympian David Weir.
"It has been a massive learning curve for me and Dave has helped a lot," he said.
Meanwhile, Arnold, a former Cleethorpes AC member who relocated to south Wales to be closer to her coach, said: "I am very happy. I knew I had a good chance, but you are never really sure. When you hear that you have definitely been selected, it is the best thing in the world.
"Every little thing between now and the Games could have an affect on how I will do – who I train, what I eat, how I sleep.
"You cannot make any drastic changes between now and the games, it is about upping my game and making sure I am in the best possible shape.
"It is also important to do everything possible to stay injury free. Even the little things like not wearing high heels when I am out – I will not be doing anything to risk getting injured.
"I would love to win gold but it is anybody's title really.
"I just want to do the best I can possibly do and have no regrets. I don't want to be left thinking 'if only I had done that'.
"I want to go out with purpose and confidence and, hopefully, my best will be good enough.
"It is not just about me. My parents moved to south Wales with me so I could further my athletics, and my coach has helped a lot.
"The reaction from my family and friends has been great. My phone and Facebook have been going mad.
"They are over the moon, and I am happy that they are pleased."