WARRINGTON’S Gemma Prescott believes she couldn’t have timed her club throw purple patch better as she gears up for an assault on the London 2012 Paralympic podium.
When the Games kick off on August 29 Prescott will have only had two years of experience in throwing the club, a relatively new addition on the global disability athletics calendar.
However in the past 18 months the 28-year-old’s form has hinted that, after a varied career including wheelchair racing and swimming, she has more than found her calling.
That period began with World Championship bronze, with a throw of 16.40m, and will come to a head at the imminent Paralympics with Prescott sitting third in the 2012 world rankings having improved to 19.62m.
The nature of the club as a new addition makes the Games something of a lottery but Prescott is more than hopeful of hitting the medal jackpot.
“The club is my better event and that’s been going well,” she said. “It’s something I’ve only been doing for a year or two because the programme was changed and the discus was taken out and the club put in. It’s progressing quite nicely.
“I need to keep focused, do the best that I can and am desperate to have a good competition.
“It’s hard to know what’s going to happen on the day. I know I certainly found that going into the World Championships last year.
“It was the first time it had been on an international stage for quite some time, so we didn’t know what to expect. “We’re 18 months down the line now so we’re getting more of an idea, but we don’t really know what other people are capable of doing and I don’t think I’ll know until the day.”
Prescott will also compete in the shot put at London 2012 and, despite not hitting top form in it this year, she is still a medal contender, currently sitting fifth in the world rankings.
And with the home crowd factor sure to spur her on the 28-year-old, who finished seventh and eighth in the discus and shot put respectively in Beijing, can’t wait.
“Beijing was my first major competition of any kind, so to go straight into that, straight into the Bird’s Nest with a 90,000 capacity was a great experience,” she added.
“I think Beijing will prove to be good preparation for London. I know the support the Chinese gave to their athletes was phenomenal and I’m sure it will be the same for us.”
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