Rogers is on track for Rio as Peacock joins up as mentor

Julie Rogers has her sights set on Rio. Picture (c) GraemeBeckPhotography
Julie Rogers has her sights set on Rio. Picture (c) GraemeBeckPhotography

Bedford Paralympian Julie Rogers insists it’s all systems go ahead of this summer’s IPC Athletics World Championships after making the transition from volleyball to sprinting.

The 16-year-old made her Paralympic debut at London 2012 as part of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team.

But Rogers has since turned her attentions to the 100m and has set her sights on a spot at October’s World Championships in Doha before setting off on the road to Rio and next summer’s Paralympics.

It appears to be the correct decision, with the former Bedford Modern School pupil finishing last year as the top ranked British female, having posted a time of 17.40 seconds in August.

And after being selected in the GB team for the IWAS World Junior Games in Stadskanaal, Holland, in early July, Rogers is determined to get her season off to a flying start.

“It would mean so much and I would really love to get selected on the senior level for Doha and I think if I do the right things then there is a possibility,” she said.

“It will obviously be difficult but I need to work hard and then see what happens, I could make the cut.

“It would be really good to get that Championship experience in that environment with seniors and it would be a huge boost ahead of next summer.

“It’s before Rio as well, if I was able to be selected for that, so before Doha I just want to perform and produce really good on-track performances to show my ability and hopefully from that I will be selected.

Rogers is a BT ambassador and is currently being mentored by Paralympic T44 100m champion Jonnie Peacock.

And she believes having the experience of Peacock in her corner could prove invaluable as she looks to take on the world in her new discipline.

“The Paralympics has come around really quickly and I have got one more winter left before Rio so I am going to make sure I do everything in my power to train in the best conditions,” she added.

“I want to have the best preparation possible for the 2016 season so that I leave nothing to chance and can be out there competing for the team.”

“Being a BT ambassador and having Jonny as a mentor is going to have a really big impact for me and can hopefully push me on to the next level.

“I think it will really help me in the long run and having Jonny as a mentor is really useful and he has a lot of experience under his belt as a sprinter which I am hoping I can draw on going forward.

“The tips he has given me already are really going to help going forward and he has picked up on a lot of things in my training that I didn’t notice so I will definitely be looking to implement those tips and make them a priority.”

Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft are BT Ambassadors. BT is a long-term supporter of disability sport in the UK.