AN athlete’s dream of representing his country has come true.
Jamie Carter, from Binbrook, has been selected as part of Team GB for the London Paralympics.
“I was quite gobsmacked when I got the call to say I was in the team and it is only really just starting to sink in,” said the 17-year-old.
“I am really excited, but now I need to be serious and get back to training.”
And Jamie has been training with one of the best recently – Paralympic champion David Weir.
“David has been a real inspiration for me and has given me some fantastic encouragement,” added Jamie, who will be competing in the T34 class 100m and 200m in September.
This time last year it was the 2016 Olympics that was the focus of Jamie’s attention, but such has been his determination to succeed, he caught the eye of selectors for this year’s Games and secured a place in the London 2012 squad.
Already the holder of the 200m, 400m and 800m records for his class, he this year cut 2.5 seconds off his personal best in the 100m this year to take the British record for his classification, as well as breaking the other three records again.
Jamie spent this weekend getting to know other members of the squad and facing the media at a special event in London, where he also collected some of his Team GB kit.
The squad will then be back together again at a training camp in Portugal for two weeks leading up to the Games.
But Jamie is no stranger to London’s Olympic stadium, having taken part in the test event earlier this year.
“I think that will be weirdest feeling for me,” said Jamie. “Last time I was in the stadium there were about 2,000 people watching, this time there will be more than 60-80,000 spectators.”
And those watching will be Jamie’s mum Sandra, dad Gary and sister Millie.
“We are all so proud of him,” said Sandra.
“It has been a very emotional time, but we are so pleased that his dream has come true.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported him – his coaches Jenny Archer and David Weir, the Disability Sports Forum, Wheelpower at Stoke Mandeville, his main sponsor Lincs Loos, and everyone locally who has been so supportive, kind and generous.
“Jamie will hopefully do the village and Lincolnshire proud.”