Funding blow for Borders sprinter

Toby Williams: 07920841392. Ex Pupil Libby Clegg Visits The Royal Blind School Cannan Lane, Edinburgh.

Toby Williams: 07920841392. Ex Pupil Libby Clegg Visits The Royal Blind School Cannan Lane, Edinburgh.

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Commonwealth Games gold medallist Libby Clegg remains positive this week despite having the plug pulled on her UK Athletics funding.

Clegg, who was brought up in Newcastleton and has family in Langholm, lost the national governing body’s support after pulling out of the IPC world championships in Doha last month with a foot injury.

The 25-year-old visually impaired sprinter also missed last year’s European Championships through illness and says she is not surprised by the decision to drop her from the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for the 2015-16 cycle and is determined to use the decision to axe her as motivation.

“I do feel that this is an opportunity for me. It might be what I need. I definitely don’t think this is the end,” she said.

“Sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward, so I’m not looking at it negatively.”

The head coach for the UKA Paralympic team, Paula Dunn, justified the decision to remove Clegg by citing her lack of improvement in terms of personal bests since 2012. Clegg has yet to improve upon the times she set at the London Paralympics.