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Claire Harvey

AS THE WORLD PREPARES FOR RIO, THE FORMER ENGLAND WOMEN’S SITTING VOLLEYBALL CAPTAIN TELLS DIVA ABOUT BECOMING A TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE AND DEALING WITH AN UNEXPECTED BLOW
PHOTO WARREN LITTLE/BRITISH ATHLETICS

I couldn’t believe it when I got the call to say I’d been selected for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio to compete in discus and javelin; I thought it was a cruel joke. I made the hard decision in 2014 to move away from the comfort of sitting volleyball, a team sport, to trying something different, something alone. Fate played its part when I was introduced to Shelley, a retired Olympic javelin athlete now working as a talent scout for the Paralympic programme. She talked to me about seated throws and talked me into trying in winter 2014. I was hooked, and a year of great coaching and support later, here I am, ranked fifth in the world.

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