Danny Nobbs insists his plans for 2016 Paralympics are on track

Paralympic hopeful Danny Nobbs, who has switched from shot putt to javelin with the help of his coac

Paralympic hopeful Danny Nobbs, who has switched from shot putt to javelin with the help of his coach Tim Newenham.Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Attleborough's Danny Nobbs insists the countdown to Rio is going to plan after the javelin thrower finished fifth at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Nobbs was a shot putter just 12 months ago but after the event was dropped for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games he switched to his new throwing discipline.

And 2014 has been a season of new highs for Nobbs in the javelin, setting his personal best in the F54 event of 22.92 metres at the BWAA Grand Prix in Stoke Mandeville in June.

But while he was down on that standard by over a metre in Swansea, Nobbs feels he is ahead of schedule in his run up to the Paralympic Games.

'It was my first European Championships and changing for the shot put from the javelin less than 12 months ago now,' he said.


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'It's great to be competing against guys who are not only the best in Europe, but the best in the world. The transition from shot put gone really well and the aim was always Rio in 2016, so at the moment I've head of where I need to be on the schedule.

'There's still a lot of work to do, myself and my coach. We are aware of what we ended to do so we'll go back to training and get stuck in.'

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Nobbs wasn't short of support in Swansea, with Sainsbury's a proud sponsor of the British Paralympic Association and its athletes all the way to Rio 2016.

And the 34-year-old says he enjoyed his return to action in a British jersey, admitting that he didn't expect to be selected for the national team so soon after his transition from the shot put.

'I would have hoped for a little further [in Swansea] but I've got a lot more in the tank so I'll keep on powering on for the next season.

'The last time I competed for Great Britain were the Worlds in New Zealand for 2011, so there have been a couple of seasons out now I'm really looking forward to the future.'

Sainsbury's is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and is committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For more information visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy

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