Three ambassadors head to the Commonwealth Games
We are incredibly excited and proud to announce that three of our ambassadors will be competing at the Commonwealth Games on 23rd July to 3rd August 2014. Jo Pavey never fails to impress and has qualified to run both the 10,000 and 5,000 metres. She made an incredible comeback to the sport just nine months after having her second child, winning the 10,000 metres at the British Championships, securing her starting position for the Commonwealth Games. The 40-year-old has since gone on to secure a place in the 5,000 metres after finishing second in the trials after a sprint finish with Emelia Gorecka. Pavey rocketed onto the athletics scene in the 1997 World Championships in Athens and has raced in the last four Olympic Games. She won a silver medal at the 2012 European Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Also heading to the Games is our incredible paralympian Olivia Breen, who competes nationally as a T38 athlete. She’s off to compete for Wales in the Long Jump. Olivia was one of the youngest athletes in Team GB at London 2012, where she competed as a T38 athlete in the 100m and 200m sprints, and the first leg of the T35-38 women's relay team. At the age of 16, she brought home a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay. Olivia has Cerebral Palsy and lets nothing stand in the way of her dreams. Her ambition is to inspire other disabled young people to realise their potential, particularly in the sporting arena and to win a Paralympic gold medal.
Olivia said, "I am so excited about representing Wales in the long jump at the Commonwealth Games on 27th July. I feel really privileged to be part of such an incredible event and meeting athletes from all over the Commonwealth. I only started long jump training in December as there is no sprint event for my class at the Games. Training has gone very well and I actually really enjoy it. I have just returned from warm weather training in Portugal which was great. Competition at the Commonwealth Games is fierce in the event but I really hope to make another dream come true and win a commonwealth medal."
And last, but not least, is the inspiring young professional cyclist, Lucy Garner, who we welcomed as an ambassador for Dreams Come True earlier this year. Lucy’s selection for the Commonwealth Games comes off the back of an incredible start to the 2014 season, which has seen her on the podium in five races and finish as the best placed British rider at the inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain in May this year.
We cannot wait to see them all compete on the world stage. Pom poms at the ready.
If you’re training for any challenges, and want to ask any of our ambassadors a training question, tweet it to @dreamer654 and we’ll get them to answer.
Source: Dreams Come true
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