Redditch athlete's 2012 Olympics focus
By Sarah Waldron, sports Blast reporter
A Worcestershire sprinter, Katrina Hart, is determined to compete in London in 2012, despite her frustrations in Beijing…
So close, yet so far
Ask any young aspiring athlete where they want to be in ten years time and I bet you they mention the Olympic Games; but what so many people underestimate is the amount of work and dedication needed to achieve such a huge dream.
The road to Olympic glory certainly isn't always pretty, and for the majority of elite athletes it isn't without various setbacks.
What sets great athletes apart is that when they hit a hurdle, and perhaps even fall, they get back up and they use the experience as a learning curve.
Worcestershire sprinter, Katrina Hart, experienced exactly that.
The youngster is ranked number two in the world for both 100m and 200m, and if that's not enough to impress you, what's even more incredible about this young athlete is that she's classified as partially blind.
To put things into perspective, last year Katrina achieved the qualifying time to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in Beijing, and she told me that it was particularly great news because she was on good form.
However, unfortunately, the good news was soon dampened as she suffered three injuries in the space of six months.
Not ideal preparation for the biggest race of her life.
Katrina said: "I went to Beijing and did what I could, but on the day it just wasn't good enough, but I'm running really well now."
Back on track… literally
When you give your life to your sport, you expect something back, and so it was no surprise that when Katrina arrived home from Beijing, she struggled to find the motivation to continue with her hard training plan.
She told me that starting at Bath University came just at the right time, and really helped her to renew her hunger for the track:
"Starting University provided me with a new environment, so it felt like a fresh start.
"Going back to train in Birmingham, where I trained before Beijing, would have brought back too many memories."
Whilst on the subject of University, I asked Katrina how she was able to balance her degree with her busy training schedule?
She seemed really positive about it all: "Everything's on the doorstep, so it makes life much easier."
Three years to go
So, standing here with London now three years away, Katrina explained how she's doing things differently to last year:
"I'm a lot more careful with my training, and my coach makes sure I keep my feet on the ground.
"Everyone's in the same position at Bath, so it's great".
last updated: 27/07/2009 at 07:55