Three West Norfolk Athletic Club athletes and future Paralympic hopefuls travelled to Loughborough University Team GB Athletics Stadium on Sunday along with their coaches Paul and Sally Edwards to attend a Paralympic Training Day.
The day gave Lily Edwards (12), Cameron Ross (18) and Wesley Houghton (25) the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to the Paralympic Team GB coaches who were on hand to deliver training sessions in sprints and throws in two sessions throughout the day.
Edwards, who is progressing well at shot putt, amazed the throws coach with her technical throwing ability for someone who is relatively new to serious throwing. Coached at WNAC by Trevor Minns for throws and Paul Edwards for general fitness, Lily received some great advice and was overwhelmed at performing at a national arena among several Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Houghton has recently had his official Paralympic grading ratified as T11 Class which is for blind athletes. Although Houghton does have a very limited vision he now has to run with a blindfold and is assisted by his assistant coach and guide-runner Arron Raine.
They both gleaned some important training points from the national coaches and put in some fantastic timed runs over 60m.
Ross, who is in the MLD category, performed extremely well over 60m trials and has been given some valuable advice from the GB coaching team on the use of blocks. His coach Paul Edwards has already put this to good use at training on Tuesday.
The three have returned to West Norfolk with renewed vigour to achieve their long term aims of representing their country in future Paralympic Games. All their progress will now be monitored by the Southern Region Disability Coach and fed back into the GB HQ as appropriate.
All three must now focus and prepare for the Eastern Regional Disability Championships in May.
WNAC trains at Alive Lynnsport on Tuesday and Thursday evening and welcomes disabled athletes. For more information on how to join check the website: http://www.westnorfolkac.co.uk/