It’s easy to rattle off clichés when it comes to paralympians, but Shelly Woods is made of very strong stuff. After a falling out of a tree while playing with friends aged 11, Shelly broke her spine and was left in a wheelchair. Having always been devoted to sport her family rallied round offering support and introduced her to the world of Paralympic sport. After dalliances with wheelchair basketball, swimming, athletics and even table tennis she found wheelchair racing.
Her career so far has been impressive and she’s one of our top medal hopes after taking bronze in the 5000m, silver in the 1500m in Beijing and narrowly missing out on a medal in the marathon coming fourth.
Her ultimate ambition is to win Paralympic gold here in London and judging by her recent form there’s no reason why she shouldn’t achieve that. She came second in this year’s New York Marathon and won this year’s London Marathon four minutes ahead of her closest competitor. Let’s hope she can recreate that success when she takes to the track this time.