This will be a tremendous opportunity for Jade to gain experience at major global championship at such a tender age.
UKA Head Coach (Paralympic) and Team Leader Peter Eriksson said: “We’re travelling to New Zealand with a group of athletes we expect to challenge for medals, which is our main priority. In addition, looking ahead to future Paralympic Games, the World Championships provides another vital opportunity for our senior athletes to compete at the highest level against the best athletes in the world, while for our juniors it’s an important stepping stone towards London, but ultimately to Rio in 2016.”
As well as being a talented and determined young lady, she is also a charming and helpful person as witnessed 1st hand when she worked hard with other club members on the Great North Run water station on John Reid Road.
We currently have Four members that compete in DisAbility Athletics. Our Vice President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson obviously is the most famous, together with husband Ian now compete at a "participation" level. But they are both involved as coaches, one of their protégé's is 14 year old Jade Jones who is currently (Sept 17) ranked either 1st or 2nd in the UK (Source Power of Ten) at every distance from 100m to 1500m - in the senior rankings! - only giving best to Shelley Woods. Also well known to many of you is partially sighted Charlotte Ellis who last week added World Champion to her European title at Triathlon. On the track this season Charlotte has made great strides with her 800m and 1500m times and just missed qualification for the World Championships, but hopefully progress over the next couple of season with London in mind.