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Double delight for Danny

PUBLISHED: 12:41 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:26 14 July 2010

Danny Nobbs, pictured by Richard Lane.

Danny Nobbs, pictured by Richard Lane.

Paralympian Danny Nobbs, from Attleborough, has smashed the British record in his category of shot putting.

And the distance, achieved on Sunday at the BWAA Harpers International Athletics meeting at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, meets the qualification standard for next year's World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand,

Danny said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have achieved the 'A' standard and hope this will give me the confidence to put in some big performances before the end of the domestic season.

Paralympian Danny Nobbs, from Attleborough, has smashed the British record in his category of shot putting.

And the distance, achieved on Sunday at the BWAA Harpers International Athletics meeting at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, meets the qualification standard for next year's World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand,

Danny said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have achieved the 'A' standard and hope this will give me the confidence to put in some big performances before the end of the domestic season.”

The event, which featured many of the Aviva GB & NI team, as well as athletes from around the world, was an opportunity to hit qualification standards for the IPC World Championships, from which the final team selection will be made.

“Going into the event, my personal best stood at 9.29m from 2009, and the 'B' standard for qualification was just short of that at 9.23m,” said Danny. “I knew that I had worked really hard and have been throwing well in training so was confident that I would get close to that. But everything came together with five out of my six throws being over the qualifying standard, the best being 9.72m, 43cm over my previous personal best and smashing the British record.”

This now puts Danny in a great position for when the team for New Zealand is selected at the end of September, with the world record currently at 9.92m.

Danny, who broke his back in a motorbike accident in 1996, carries out his strength and conditioning training at Vinnie's Gym in Attleborough, with technical support at the English Institute of Sport in North London.

“I have been very lucky to have received fantastic support from my employer, Aviva, to allow me to train and to compete to the highest level.

“With London 2012 on the horizon, this support is now more important than ever,” he said.

“I now hope to cement my position in the team by finishing the season strongly, and look to get back into the winter training cycle early in preparation for January 2011.”


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