GB’s Jonnie Peacock determined to make up for lost time

Jonnie Peacock is determined to find form ahead of next month’s IPC Athletics European Championships

Jonnie Peacock admits he faces a race against time to be firing on all cylinders for next month’s IPC Athletics European Championships but the Cambridge sprinter is still determined to make up for lost time.

After storming to 100m gold at the London 2012 Paralympics, and into the nation’s conscious at the same time, it looked like nothing would slow Peacock down – he even followed his capital success up with another sprint title at last year’s World Championships in Lyon.

However the 21-year-old has found this season much tougher to deal with as a whole host of injuries mean he has competed just once in 2014, that coming last weekend at the British Championships.

It was far from a sparkling comeback as, racing against the best able-bodied sprinters Britain has to offer, Peacock finished his heat down in seventh.

His time of 11.05 seconds was some way off his personal best of 10.84, meaning the picture is far from pretty just a month out from the European Championships in Swansea.

I am really hoping I can go out there and show what kind of form I am in

Jonnie Peacock

But after missing out on the last Europeans through injury Peacock is adamant he won’t allow lightning to strike twice, despite the slow start.

“It never really happens how you hoped it would in athletics but I do feel in a better place than I was last year,” he said.

“Getting the season under way in Birmingham last weekend was great and I do hope to progress from there with the Glasgow Grand Prix in a couple of weeks.

“That will be opening my season for the first time as a big race so I am really hoping I can go out there and show what kind of form I am in.

“We have the European Championships this summer in Swansea and they are what everyone is looking towards.

“I had to miss out on the last Europeans due to an injury so I am really excited to be available for this one and hopefully if I am selected I can put on a show.”

Peacock is just as busy away from the track as on it, with Wednesday seeing him visit Birch Wood School in Melton Mowbray to open a new sensory room for severely disabled children.

Through BT funding over the next three years, the Lord’s Taverners will provide grants to at least 13 new special education needs schools across the UK for the installation of multi-sensory rooms.

And the Paralympic champion was more than happy to take a break from his training to see firsthand how the pupils will benefit from the new area.

“It was cool to be down at Birch Wood School with the Lord’s Taveners and BT to open a sensory room,” he added.

“Just being able to walk in there and see all the different types of equipment and to know the impact it is going to have on these children is fantastic.

“Speaking to the staff and finding out how each individual child will react to all the different elements of the room is unbelievable and it will change lives.

“Just to think that 18,000 kids in the next three years will be helped by rooms just like this and to know we will be doubling the amount of rooms from 13 to 26 in the next year is great.”

Jonnie Peacock is BT Ambassador. BT is partnering with the Lord’s Taverners to fund at least 13 new multi-sensory rooms in special education needs schools over the next three years, and also pledging to maintain all sensory rooms to 2020, improving the lives of over 18,000 young people with disabilities.

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