Bethany gets Paralympic call-up

AN athlete born in Eastbourne has been selected to represent Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympic Games this summer.

Bethany Woodward, who was born on Boxing Day in the town but now resides in London, will make her Paralympic debut when she competes in the women’s 200m sprint.

The 19-year-old will also be part of the women’s 4x100m relay team fighting for gold in the capital city next month.

Bethany, who has cerebral palsy, finished fifth in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010 and peaked the year after when she became the 400m World Champion after crossing the finishing line first in New Zealand.

She also achieved bronze at the same World Championships in the 4x100m relay.

With just two weeks to go until the ceremony starts, Bethany has been training in South Africa with a number of other athletes.

She will take her place at the starting blocks alongside a selection of experienced track and field athletes, including double gold medallist in last year’s European Championship 100m and 200m events, Tracy Hinton.

Being under 21, Bethany’s funding for the event has been halved and she is endeavouring to work with sponsors and commercial partners to enable her to compete strongly on the international stage.