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SEVERAL athletes from the Sudbury area are entering the final stage of their training as they prepare for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, writes Nathan Beales.

For discus thrower Jonathan Adams, wheelchair basketball player Caroline Maclean and rowers Peter Gosling and Paul Hamblett, their attention will be on preparing to make the final squads to represent their country in the greatest sporting spectacle.

Adams will participate in the Paralympic Games in the seated discus throw event, having changed his discipline from standing seated throw. He took this decision to benefit his career after consultation with his coaches and family.

While Adams is looking forward to the prospect of participating at the Paralympics, he is aware of the endeavour and sacrifice he will make. He said:

“I am keeping myself grounded, focusing on doing the training correctly and making the right decisions. I do everything I can to the best of my ability.

“Don’t get me wrong, I am excited for the Paralympics and I think about them every day. It is one of the great sporting events in the world.”

The 19-year-old is currently studying Media at Loughborough College, where he has moved to be closer to be with his coaching team. Regarding his preparation for the 2012 Games, Adams will have to perform well in upcoming tournaments to make the final Team GB squad.

Caroline Maclean, who plays for the Sudbury-based Eastern Blue Stars, will find out if her good season has been rewarded with a place in Team GB on April 9.

Sudbury Rowers Peter Gosling and Paul Namblett will also look to make the final cut.

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