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Middlesbrough Paralympian unveiled as Glasgow 2014 Home Nation ambassador
12:02pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
MIDDLESBROUGH Paralympian Jade Jones has been unveiled as a Home Nation ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Prior Pursglove College pupil is hoping to lead by example and inspire the next generation of athletes to get involved in sport by making as many finals as possible.
“It is a big honour to be an ambassador and to be recognised for what I do and just to know I can help other people that are up and coming is brilliant,” she added.
The 17-year-old showed her potential last year at London 2012 by making the T54 1500m final and backed that up at the 2013 IPC World Championships with appearances in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m finals.
Despite finishing last in each of her four finals in Lyon this summer Jones maintains a positive mindset, knowing she has many years in the sport to look forward to and find her niche.
But with Glasgow 2014 now moving to the forefront of everyone’s mind, Jones insists her steady progression and ability to cope with pressure will help her become more competitive next year.
“This year has been mainly about progressing from last year,” said Jones.
“I recorded some amazing times in 2012 so it wasn’t about getting PB’s this year, it was about staying at that level and being up there with the other girls.
“It’s been a great year - I've raced in Switzerland and made four finals at the World Championships. I'm ready to move on to the Commonwealth Games and I'm ready to see what I can do next year.
"It was difficult at London 2012 - I went in with the 400m as my best event and it was also the first event and you don’t really get crowds like we did in London so with 80,000 people I went into the stadium and completely froze.
“That ended up being my worst event rather than my best so there’s a lot of things to take into consideration but it’s really hard for me as I'm 17 and haven’t specialised yet.
“I still do the 100m right up to the half marathon so it’s hard to know what I'm going to be good at but the 1500m is definitely one of my favourites so I'm looking forward to doing that.
“With wheelchair racing we get to our peak in our thirties so I'm miles away and I'm still one of the underdogs right now but I am always gaining more experience.”
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