Colette refuses to give up on her Glasgow dreams

Colette Martin

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MOTHERWELL wheelchair racer Colette Martin is refusing to give up on her dream of competing at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Martin, who competes at any distance from 100m to 1,500m, underwent surgery on her leg in June interrupting her preparations for starting at the University of Stirling.

The 19-year-old did however begin her sports studies degree in September while easing herself back into a training routine after what was a frustrating summer.

With Scottish Athletics’ selection period for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games having opened in April, Martin made just one competitive appearance during the season.

And, despite this summer’s injury setback, Martin’s desire to compete in front of a home crowd in Glasgow next summer has not diminished – rather the opposite.

She said: “It depends how fit I get and when that happens, but I’m hoping to post a time for the Commonwealth Games.

“It is going to be tough, but I would be very, very, very pleased if I managed it as just getting to the Games would be an amazing thing and an amazing achievement.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You want to compete for your country, in your country in front of the world. You may never get that opportunity again.”

The only event available to Martin and her T54 category at next summer’s Commonwealth Games is the 1,500m, with the qualifying standard set at 4mins 31secs.

Martin ducked under that time in 2012 with a personal best of 4:22.05 and she isn’t worried about having to juggle a degree with her attempts to qualify. She said: “I have not done that much over the summer because I am still recovering from injury. I was in the hospital and getting ready to go to university.

“I am starting to train a little bit now but over the summer I wasn’t doing anything. It was a bit boring and a bit frustrating as well because it wasn’t planned.

“It is hard. Obviously it is going to be tiring and sore on your muscles but it is good to get out. I am hoping about a month so I am ready to get into the winter season.

“I am looking forward to it so much because I just feel like I’m not doing that much. It is just about managing your time and getting an hour in here and there.”

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