Charlotte Cox backed for Special Olympic adventure

Charlotte Cox
Cox scooped four gold medals at last year's World Championships in Athletics for People with Down's Syndrome

Cambridgeshire athlete Charlotte Cox will have the support of her whole village when she goes for gold at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

The 20-year-old had to raise £2,000 pounds in order to be able to compete in Athens and did so with the help of her village community in Toft.

"We had an auction of promises locally, and the whole community rose to the occasion," her father David told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"It's been a real team effort, particularly within the local village".

The College of West Anglia student is accustomed to success, after picking up four gold medals at last year's World Championships in Athletics for People with Down's Syndrome in Mexico.

Cox, who trains at Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club, is set to compete in 100m, 200m, the relay and long jump at the Special Olympics, the largest sporting event in the world for people with a learning disability.

And despite her commitment to a range of disciplines, she is aiming high.

"I'm looking forward to doing my best for Great Britain and hoping to win a medal," she commented.

Cox will have her mum, dad, brother and sister all cheering her on in the city that gave birth to the modern Olympics.

"We're immensely proud," David added.

"We're all involved in different ways whether it be training or logistics and photography."

Cox will be one of 7,000 athletes from 180 nations taking part in the Games and the youngster has hailed the positive affect sport has had on her life.

"Athletics has been great for keeping fit, helping me to make new friends and giving me the chance to travel," she said.

"To win a medal would make all of the hard work and training worthwhile."