Kylie selected for Rio games

Monday 1st August 2016 8:00 am
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FARNHAM’s Kylie Grimes has been selected for her second Paralympics games in Rio 2016 to compete in the F51 Club Throw - the Paralympic equivalent of the hammer throw.

Kylie, who in 2006 was paralysed in a swimming pool accident at the age of 18, first represented Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London at wheelchair rugby.

In 2014 she was awarded the Disabled Sports Personality of the Year Award at Farnham Sports Awards. Committee members described Kylie as an elite-level wheelchair rugby player after representing Great Britain at London 2012 as just one of two female athletes.

Her determination and commitment to the sport helped Team GB become the top ranked European nation and fifth best nation overall.

Changing to athletics in 2015, she also represented Great Britain at the IPC World Championships in Doha where she came fourth in the F51 Club and forth in the T51/52 100m. She found herself in fourth place once more after competing in the 2016 European Championships in Grossetto Italy in the F32/F51 Club.

Most recently Kylie broke her record of finishing in fourth place, after coming third at the Muller Anniversary Games earlier this month in the F51 Club.

Steve McGee, Kylie’s stepfather, said: “In each event she has thrown this year she has produced a personal best.

“Interesting fact, in Doha last year she threw right handed because that is her natural hand, but because her accident left her left arm stronger she has now changed to throw left handed. It makes the progress she has made even more remarkable.”

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