DOUBLE Paralympic gold medalist David Weir MBE is to coach Binbrook’s wheelchair athlete Jamie Carter, the Market Rasen Mail can exclusively reveal.
David, who has been described as one of the best wheelchair athletes in the world, will join forces with his own award-winning trainer, Jenny Archer, to coach paralympic hopeful Jamie.
The pair will put the 16-year-old through his paces during intensive training sessions in London in a bid to get Jamie ready to represent Great Britain at either the 2012 or 2016 Paralympic Games.
Jamie’s mum Sandra Carter said Jenny spotted her son’s talent at a championship competition and told her she would like to coach him.
Sandra, who owns Footprints shoe shop in Market Rasen, said: “Jenny told me Jamie has a lot of potential and she felt he was very talented.
“I’m so proud of him – this is his dream at the end of the day. He wants to represent his country and do the sport he loves. And David is at the top of his game so there’s a massive amount Jamie can learn from him.”
So far, Jamie – a 100m, 200m and 400m international wheelchair athlete who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 16 months old – has had one training session with Jenny and David.
Sandra said: “It was fantastic. Jamie really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. He’s being pushed really hard but I guess that’s what you’ve got to do to get to the very top like David.
“It would be great if Jamie could compete in the 2012 games but, realistically, we’re probably looking at 2016. He’s still got to put a lot of hard work in.”
Jamie, who has been shortlisted to be a torchbearer at the 2012 Olympic Games, has raised the profile of disability sport.
The teenager launched an appeal to raise £5,000 to buy his own custom-made racing wheelchair after being fast-tracked to UK Athletics – the organisation that manages Olympic and Paralympic sport.
Sandra said: “When I found out my baby had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy I couldn’t help but worry what life would hold for him. But he’s made his pathway, this is his dream and I’m happy to help and support him along the way.”