Belfast Telegraph

Glasgow and Rio in teenager Sally Brown's sights

By Steven Beacom

Sally Brown has her sights set on Glasgow next year and Rio in 2016 – and will be changing her event to make those dreams come true.

In London at the Paralympics last year, Brown competed in the 100m and 200m events in her category but with the latter being pulled for Brazil in three years' time in a change to various disciplines, which has also impacted on our Paralympian champions Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop, the talented teenager's decision to switch distances has been made that a little bit easier.

"The 200m isn't in Rio so I've had to move up. I'm not naturally a 100m runner. I think I would have moved up anyway but with the 200m not in Rio it gave me a push in that direction. I'm really looking forward to doing the 400m now," says Brown.

"I didn't understand the decision-making process for the Paralympics.

"There must be a reason behind it but nearly all of the women in various categories don't have a 200m and they just have the 100m or 400m to compete in.

"I don't know how they can justify that. Thankfully I have the 400m which should suit me and I intend getting on with it.

"My aim will be to make the Paralympics in Rio as a 400m runner.

"I have long limbs and I'm more naturally built to be doing the longer distance. Once I get that winter training behind me I should be fine."

Before Rio there is the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Sally is a Home Nations ambassador for the big event in Scotland.

Next year she wants to be representing Northern Ireland.

"It's amazing to be able to be an ambassador for Northern Ireland. What my role is about is trying to make sure that people are behind their home nations for the Commonwealth Games and supporting all of us when we are competing in Glasgow.

"Moving up to the 400m hopefully I will run fast enough to be one of the relay runners in the Northern Ireland team for the 4x400m. If all goes to plan I should go and it is a good goal for me to have. I'll certainly give it my best shot.

"I also have the European Paralympics in Swansea in July, so next year will be a big one for me."

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