Marren 'more motivated' to reach Rio
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 June 2015
Youngster battling back from illness
Amy Marren insists she is still well on track for the 2016 Rio Paralympics despite being thrown off course by illness this year.
Since making her Paralympic debut in London three years – her best finishing coming as she touched home fourth in the S9 400m freestyle – Marren has gone from strength to strength.
A year later she won four golds and two silver medals at the World Championships in Montreal, before returning from the 2014 Europeans in Eindhoven with two titles and five runner-up spots.
Last year also saw the 16-year-old set two European and one world record, however she has been unable to transfer that form into 2015 so far as she battles illness.
This means that she will sit out next month’s IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, but Marren is adamant her travails will not hamper her Brazil dreams.
“So far 2015 has been a tough year because I have had a few illnesses to deal with which is not something that has happened to me before,” she said.
“It has been frustrating because I would have loved to have competed at the World Championships but it just isn’t possible.
“But I am back in full training again now and I am feeling good so things are looking up, and if anything it has given me more motivation for next year now.
“It is all about next year and the Rio Paralympics for me and after going through this it has given me extra motivation for that now.
“Rio was always my main aim and I always said that anything before then was a bonus so nothing has really changed and I will keep working hard and hopefully be ready for the Nationals in July and push on from there.”
While Marren will sit out next month’s World Championships, she is not about to miss this year’s National Paralympic Day, which takes place on July 26.
Designed to help continue the legacy of London 2012, the annual event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will feature elite athletics and swimming as well as promoting disability sport, and Marren admits the day is critical to ensuring future success.
“I love National Paralympic Day and I look forward to it every year,” she added. “They are so much fun and I think everyone gets involved.
“Even from the first time I went in 2013 to the next year you could see how much bigger it had gotten and everyone gives the different sports a go which is great.
“You never know what sport you are good until you try it so I would urge everyone to give something a go.”
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