31 Oct

Libby Clegg Named Para Athlete Of The Year

Libby with Paralympian David Weir and David Whyte of Haven after being named Haven Para Athlete of the Year by scottishathletics

Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg was named Haven Para Athlete of the Year at the scottishathletics awards dinner on Saturday (27 October), collecting the award from Paralympian hero David Weir. After winning silver at the last two Paralympics Games, Libby Clegg now has Hampden on her mind as she looks towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Libby is no stranger to Scotland having attended the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh as well as having family based in the Scottish borders.
She came second in the T12 100m in London with guide runner Mikhail Huggins. The T12 category is for visually impaired runners who generally have some residual sight.

The 22-year-old spoke about her plans for the future, saying: "I have World Championships in mind for next summer but Glasgow 2014 is a really big part of my plans at this moment, too. The big thing for me is the events are included in the Commonwealth Games programme which means I am entitled to run. London for the Paralympics was fantastic and I'm sure there will be full stadia in Glasgow as well.

"I am delighted to win this award. It has been an amazing few months but I don't think something like this is just about that - I see it as a reward for years of hard work and dedication. To receive it from David Weir definitely made it that bit more special for me. He is such a big hero of mine. I have heard him speak a few times and heard some of the stories he told on Saturday night before but it was very special listening to him sitting there with four gold medals. I think he had the whole room captivated.

"I am already back in training. I only had three weeks off after the Paralympics. There are World Championships in 2013 and those and Glasgow 2014 are big goals for me."

Owen Miller of Dunfermline and West Fife AC and Robert Ferrol of Shettleston Harriers were the other two athletes to make the short-list.