13th March 2020 — Becca Scott, Year 9, has been invited to join the GB Para Athletics Programme. The programme is the first of three tiers of the Paralympic Development Academy, which aims to prepare athletes for the 2024 Paralympic Game in Paris.
Becca, who has an arm deficiency, was spotted at the National Junior Disability games and has been selected for the long jump. She will also be expected to compete in other disciplines, such as 100m and 200m, as well as developing her overall athletic capability. The programme focuses on supporting athletes through specific technical development, learning from some of the best athletes in the country. There is a tough selection process, prioritising those who have potential to win medals at future Paralympic games.
Becca commented: “It came as a surprise but I am so pleased to have been selected. It has been a great experience to work with the GB long jump coach, Roger Kellar, and I am looking forward to continuing the programme. The BMS Sports Department have been really supportive, helping with strength and conditioning work, as well as training me in athletics and other sports.”
The programme started in January at Loughborough University, with a baselining and testing day, and Becca will now be invited to three full-day coaching sessions in Newham, London at an indoor track and jump pit. She will also continue training with Paddy O’Shea, a long and triple jump coach, at Bedford Athletic Stadium.