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Vicki Barr

Vicki said the relay team is strong

On track for Beijing

Vicki Barr from Chester-le-Street is off to compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing and will be writing home to tell you how it's going! Read her latest diary entry here.

Chester-le-Street-based athlete Victoria Barr is part of the 4x400m relay squad for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Before the big trek to the Far East Mike Parr found out how the nerves were holding up.

"At the moment, I'm pretty excited," said Vicki. "I'm just really looking forward to getting to the holding camp and putting in some good training.

"When it gets closer to the event, I'll be quite nervous, but at the moment I'm really looking forward to it."

Fans in Beijing

Vicki will keep a diary during the games

There is, however, a lot of work still to be done even before the heats begin as the decision is still yet to be made about who will compete.

"There's eight athletes so we have a pretty strong team," said Vicki. "We've got the number one and two in the world in there but I have to wait to see what the selectors say.

"I am ranked fourth at the moment so hopefully I'll get to run in the heats, show what I can do, then hopefully run in the final but you never know until you're out there."

Fitness freak?

Vicki is one of the few athletes taking part in the Olympics who juggles a full-time job as well as spending many hours training in the gym ... much to the surprise of her colleagues.

Vicki Barr at work

Vicki juggles her training with work

Vicki explains: "I work for a company called Convergys which is based in Newcastle and I work there nine-to-five.

"When I first started there I didn't really want to tell anyone so I would just say 'I'm going to the gym' and I think they thought I was some sort of fitness freak.

"It wasn't until my boss saw me on telly and then everyone found out, but they're all really pleased and supportive.

"The heats are on the 22 August and the finals are on the 23 August. So we'll spend 10 days on the holding camp and I fly out to Beijing on 14 August and then we just train and wait."

Listen to the full interview with Vicki:

last updated: 29/08/2008 at 14:42
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