Adams sets his heart on Paralympic glory

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JONATHAN Adams has his sights firmly fixed on London 2012, and a place in the Great Britain Paralympic squad. And the build-up starts with the World Junior Games in Dubai next month.

Adams, 18, is a member of the GB Paralympic development squad. At the start of the year he changed coaches in his bid for Games glory.

Previously Jonathan competed in shot, discus and javelin. But he has now switched from standing competition to seated following further surgery on his legs, and has dropped the javelin while he adjusts to the new discipline.

“It’s the first time that CP athletes have been allowed to compete in the World Junior Games,” said Jonathan. “I’ve been given a target of top three in each discipline. It’s pressure, but I’m aiming to produce the goods out there.”

A former pupil at Great Cornard Upper School, he now studies at West Suffolk College and takes up a place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in September,

Jonathan trains six days a week, at West Suffolk College, on the playing fields of his old school or the Zest fitness centre, and training includes a weekly trip to Lee Valley or to Loughborough University, where his new coach Jim Edwards is based.

The search for a new coach disrupted Jonathan’s preparations and meant he missed the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, in January.

“For a time last year I felt like quitting altogether,” said Jonathan, “but now I am looking to get to the top in my sport. One of the greatest honours you can have in sport is to pull on a GB shirt when you are competing.”

Although membership of the GB development squad brings some funding, coaching has to be paid from that, and Jonathan also needs a new discus, and a new frame for seated competition.

Friend of the family Janet Weavers is setting the fundraising ball rolling by holding a coffee morning and cake stall at Newton Green village hall on Saturday, April 9, from 10am to midday.

For more information from her, or to offer support, contact Janet on 01787 377652.

n Jonathan is launching a website on April 9. Log on to www.jonathanadamsGB.com to follow his bid for Paralympic glory.