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Alness sprinter on her marks for world championship

By Will Clark

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Alness athlete Abbie McNally will compete for Great Britain at the World Para Athletics Championship in Switzerland this week.

British Paralympic team will compete in Switzerland.
British Paralympic team will compete in Switzerland.

The sprinter is one of 15 athletes in the national squad that will compete at the competition which starts on Thursday.

McNally (18) who has cerebral palsy, will compete in the under-20 women’s section of the T37 100 metres and 200 metres in Nottwill.

Despite having earned a reputation as one of the top sprinters for her age group in the world, McNally says being called up to the Great Britain squad was still a shock when she received the news.

“I wasn’t expecting to be called up at all,” she said

“From where I came from to where I am now, it isamazing to think that I have been called up to represent Great Britain at the World Championships.”

Abbie McNally called up to the Great Britain squad.
Abbie McNally called up to the Great Britain squad.

McNally sealed her selection after impressive performances at the Italian Para Athletics Grand Prix in Grosetto in June.

She claimed gold in the 200m sprint with a time of 31.12 seconds, just outside her personal best of 30.95.

She also won bronze in the 100m with a personal best of 14.98.

McNally is hoping for medal success in both events in Switzerland.

However, she says there is one distance where she is eyeing victory.

“The 200m is my favoured event as I think I am stronger at that distance than I am at 100m,” she said.

“I love running at both distances, but the 200m is the one that I love the most.

“I was one of the youngest competitors in Italy and I was running against some of the world’s best athletes.

“It was a great experience to take part in and it was good preparation.”

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