Robson delight at GB call-up

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SUNDERLAND sprinter Hazel Robson is celebrating after being selected in Britain’s Paralympic team.

Former Paralympic champion Robson will represent Team GB in the 100metres and 200metres in London, along with the 4x100m relay.

For the 32-year-old, who was diagnosed with celebral palsy as a baby, the confirmation of her spot comes as a relief after a lack of competitive action this year left her sweating over her spot in the team.

It will be the fourth Paralympics for Robson, who won gold in the 100m at the 2000 games in Sydney, silver in the 100m and 200m in Athens, and a double bronze in the two events in Beijing in 2008.

Robson said: “I’m really pleased to achieve this and proud.

“But I’m really happy for my family and friends in London who have tickets and can come and watch me.”

Jarrow and Hebburn AC runner Robson has won a medal at every World Championships since 1998 after taking silver in the 100m and bronze in the relay at last year’s showpiece event in New Zealand.

But her competitions this year have been disrupted by the weather, with several meetings succumbing to the rain.

After earning her call-up though, Robson will up her training under the stewardship of coach Janice Kaufman before heading to Portugal for a Team GB training camp.

Kaufman said: “I am absolutely delighted and very relieved that she has been selected after the training has gone so well.

“She works really hard and knows what it takes to be a championship performer and that is very important mentally.

“We will do a couple of really hard weeks now and then start to taper it down towards the games.

“She will be going to the holding camp too and she knows she needs to be ready for that.”