Danny well on track for Paralympics

Attleborough athlete Danny Nobbs has a new coach keeping a watchful eye over him as he bids to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympics.

Danny, 31, is very much back on track with his training after sustaining an injury earlier this year.

The Paralympian shot putter said training is 'going well' under the guidance of Tim Newenham, a field event expert who also used to coach tennis player Tim Henman.

'I needed a bit of a change for the push for 2012,' Danny explained.

'Tim really knows his stuff so hopefully he will help take things to the next level.'

Danny's hopes of doing well in the IPC World Championships, held in New Zealand in January, were dealt a blow when he sustained damage to the soft tissue in his lower back during the pre-event training camp.

He managed to compete but missed out on the cut-off point for extra throws by one place.

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With help from the GB back-up team he recovered much sooner than expected and now is fully focused on making the Paralympics qualifying standard.

He does strength and conditioning work locally at Vinnie's Gym in Attleborough, additional work at Easton College then goes further afield for other training – The English Institute of Sport at Lea Valley once a week and occasional trips to Loughborough University.

The athletics ace, who works for Aviva, was involved in organising the recent promotion celebrations for Norwich City FC, whom his company sponsors, and says it has been an 'exciting' time.

He is quick to acknowledge the important role Aviva has played in the development of his sports career. 'They have been absolutely amazing,' he said.

'Since I went into this sport everyone has backed me all the way, from the chief executive down. They sponsor UK Athletics and they know what it takes to become an elite athlete. They know 2012 is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me.'

A competitor for Team GB at the last Paralympics in Beijing three years ago, Danny is certainly not complacent about making the team this time round.

He said: 'I am not expecting to make the team. I know I need to get the qualifying standards. Then I will start thinking about 2012.

'I am number one in the country in my class and second in the world, but when it comes to London, like New Zealand, there will be three classes combined,' he explained.

The athletics events will be held in the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games, which will take place a few weeks after the Olympics finish in August next year.

Danny is urging people to apply for Paralympics tickets later this year so they get a chance to watch what promises to be a fantastic Games.

'2012 will be an amazing occasion,' he said. 'I think the whole Paralympics will raise the profile of disabled sport, make it more accessible. With disabled sport, we do travel to competitions but there aren't that many high-profile events in the UK. It's almost unknown.

'By getting kids and schools, adults and children side by side it will raise the profile and take away the stigma which might still be attached to disabled sport.

'It will give people the chance to see what elite level athletes are like, how hard they train to get to that level. I think people would be amazed what disabled sport can offer,' he added.

Ticket prices have already been revealed for the Paralympics, although applications won't be taken until early September.

For details of London 2012 Paralympics and Olympics click on www.tickets.london2012.com