Busy season ahead for wheelchair athlete

Jamie Carter and Sammi Kinghorn with their trophies at the end of Sunday's Lincoln 10k
Jamie Carter and Sammi Kinghorn with their trophies at the end of Sunday's Lincoln 10k
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A full weekend of racing has seen local Paralympian Jamie Carter get into the new season with two personal best times.

On Saturday, the talented teenager from Binbrook attended the official launch day of the Weir Archer Academy.

Set up by multi gold medal winning wheelchair athlete David Weir and his coach Jenny Archer, who also coaches Jamie, the Academy is looking to inspire and coach athletes from all Paralympic sports.

“It was a privilege to be 
part of this amazing day,” said Jamie.

“The Academy is continuing to raise the profile of Paralympic sport after London 2012 and they have certainly helped me move forward in athletics.”

While at the event, Jamie took part in the 100,200,400, 800 and 1,500 metre races,

And with a personal best in the 1,500, knocking almost three seconds off his previous time, Jamie is waiting for confirmation he has broken the European Record for his class, which he already holds.

Back home in Lincolnshire, Sunday saw him compete in the Lincoln 10k, where he finished third.

But it was another personal best for Jamie, two and a half minutes ahead of his time from the previous year.

“It was a stronger field this year and my aim was to improve my time,” said Jamie.

“I knew I had to keep up with the leaders, which I did; I am happy with the result.

“It was great to see more wheelchair athletes taking part this year and the support round the course was fantastic.”