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I always check my equipment is all there, and working correctly, and try to cover all the bases. Worrying is sometimes seen as a negative emotion, but it does help you prepare for things that might happen. Worrying is what pushes you to anticipate what might go wrong, and plan accordingly. It is important to train as hard as you are going to race. You cannot train at one level and then expect to step up to a higher level in a competition. Any athlete can have a blast of a day and perform way above the level that they are expected to, but this doesn’t guarantee long term success.
I won a total of five medals – four gold and one silver – and became the first woman to break the one minute barrier in the 400 metres. For these Games there was a dramatic increase in the coverage of the Paralympic Games, and also a sea change in the way that the Games were covered. For the first time there was lots of mainstream coverage, and it was covered as sport, not as poor disabled people being brave and marvellous. I remember returning home to the UK to meet my family, and, while watching some of the coverage on TV, my mother told me that I 30 AIM HIGH looked like someone she had previously seen on the telly.
You also of course have to learn to deal with success and not get carried away by it, believing that you are invincible. You need to develop good relationships – and having a group of people you can trust around you is very important. These may be people who don’t have exactly the same goals as you, but they can still help you on your way. You need to take time to balance your professional goals with your family and friends and the people that you care about. And you need to treat the people around you with respect – the way that you yourself would like to be treated.
Aim High (Quick Reads) by Tanni Thompson