Jamie’s set for national School Games

Jamie Carter
Jamie Carter

WHEELCHAIR racer Jamie Carter is hoping double Paralympic champion David Weir will be his secret weapon when he takes part in a competition at the Olympic Park.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has been training once a month in Surrey with the six-time London Marathon winner ahead of the Sainsbury’s School Games at the start of May.

Jamie, from Binbrook, already holds the 200m and 800m records and is now looking to make it a clean sweep by breaking the 100m and 400m milestones in only his second season of racing at the school games.

And Jamie thinks David Weir could give him the perfect edge over his rivals as he looks to keep the records tumbling in London.

He said: “David’s always there to help and advise me. It’s the little tricks he’s been teaching me that help you towards the finish line.

“We’ve been working on the big things too ahead of the school games which I’ve been putting into use. I’m targeting the 2016 Paralympics and hopefully I can emulate David’s achievements.

“The School Games is different to any other competition as it is bigger and has a whole different atmosphere to it.

“I never know what the competition will be like so it’s just me and my race. I will try to do the best I can and improve my times and see where that takes me.

“It will be good to experience what the athletes will when they arrive for London 2012. I think a big crowd will always spur you on and I think I will cope with alright.”

The school games is supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health, Paralympics GB, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland.

And as well as David Weir’s expert advice, Jamie will get a boost from his new racing chair.

He said: “My new chair gets the best out of me and I get the best out of it. It’s totally the right chair for me.

“It’s a bit more comfortable than my last one and I’ve been training in it all winter. It’s something that no one else has got so it’s really special.”

The Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games is being held in the Olympic Park and other venues from May 6 to 9 with school-aged elite athletes competing across 12 sports.