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Danny Nobbs will give it his best shot

PUBLISHED: 18:43 09 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 16 September 2010

Paralympian Danny Nobbs admits next year's IPC World Championships have put him into a spin, but he insists it will be his rivals and not him left in a trance come January.

Paralympian Danny Nobbs admits next year's IPC World Championships have put him into a spin, but he insists it will be his rivals and not him left in a trance come January.

The 30-year-old shot putter from Attleborough has had a quiet yet progressive year, smashing a new career best of 9.72m on the way to winning the BWAA International in Stoke in June.

Nobbs' new mark bettered his previous best by nearly half a metre and was also one centimetre inside the 'A' qualifying standard for next year's World Championships in New Zealand.

He finished tenth in his category at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 but the nature of the calendar has seen opportunities to build on that limited.

Nobbs will get his chance at the World Championship in January and while admitting a change in training is needed to prepare for his medal assault, he insists his performance won't be affected.

“The worlds are quite strange because they are in January so it's at a time when you'd look to be reaching your peak in your winter training,” said Nobbs. “So you need to change things around a little bit to make sure you reach optimum performance then instead.

“Even though I've had a good season it's still going to be very difficult out in New Zealand because there are a lot of good competitors out there.

“It is good to know though that if I go out there and perform at my best I can get a medal and compete with the best of them.

“Provided I do my best when I'm out there I should be able to bring a medal home.”

Despite the 2012 Paralympics being just under two years away now, Nobbs is staying focused on now.

“My aim at the start of this season was to throw 9.50m and we thought that would be good enough to win gold at 2012. So I'm ahead of schedule in that sense.

“London is obviously only a couple of years away and there's no denying it's a huge event but it's not at the forefront of my mind. I've got to try and not look too far ahead.”

Lloyds TSB is proud partner of London 2012 and supporter of Paralympics GB on their journey to 2012. LloydsTSB.com/London2012

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