Adams qualifies for the British Paralympic team

by Sam Murley

Jonathan Adam’s dream of winning Gold at the 2012 London Paralympic Games moved a step closer after qualifying for the Great Britain team.

The former Great Cornard Upper School pupil has adjusted significantly since switching from standing competition in the shot put to seated following surgery on his legs, but despite meeting qualification standards, his place on the Paralympic team is not garunteed.

“I’ve met the A-standard qualification but it doesn’t garuntee my place within the squad, explained Adams, “I have to do everything I can to force my way on to that list and make sure the panel have no reason not to select me in July.”

With the Games only a year away you could forgive any young athlete for getting carried away with excitement in the build up to competing, however Adams, despite relishing the opportunity, has his sights firmly focused on cementing his place within the team first.

He said: “It is a great honour just to be able to wear a Great Britain vest. It is the highest acalade any athlete could hope to achieve, whether it is from an able bodied or disabled perspective.

“It would be an honour to be involved and associated with the country being a member of the GB team and paralympian from Suffolk.

“My first aim is to get selected and anything after that is a bonus, I’m more focused on selection at this time. I don’t like to fill my head with what could happen, i’m just taking things one step at a time.

“The dates are there, they’re set in stone but my mentality is on the here and now and I let fate decide the future, it is out of my control whether I get selected, my main focus is on the things I can control as an athlete such as my training and preperation.”

Speaking at the Suffolk Youth Games held in Bury St Edmunds, Adams who over come great difficulties as a young child, hopes he can be an inspiration to any other young athletes and believes the Olympics will leave a positive legacy.

He added: “I want to be able to inspire young people, not only to have a dream but to do it as well. If I can give something back to help people develop and achieve something great, then that is fantastic.

“Local development is great and you can see a lot of new initiatives being created, reaching out to a lot of people in St Edmundsbury. People care about sport and peoples well being, and It is great knowing people not only care but care in the right way.

“These young people are now being exposed to the sport and you can feel within the community that something is changing, the future is looking good.”