Young Bedford athlete Julie Rogers has signed to be represented by 17 Sports Management Limited – a company founded by World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE.
Julie, 16, a pupil at Bedford Modern School, represented Team GB in the London 2012 Paralympics when she was just 13, as a member of the sitting volleyball team.
Julie was born without a tibia or fibula in her right leg and, aged two, had her leg amputated through the knee.
A further amputation followed when Julie was five so that she could be fitted with a more advanced prosthesis.
Having competed at London 2012, Julie is now taking on a new challenge in athletics, as a T42 sprinter.
After just one season Julie is already ranked number 4 in the world at 100m.
I have set myself a goal to be the very best which, to me, means World and Paralympic champion.Julie Rogers
She is now training hard with her coach Allen Adamson at Bedford International Stadium and studying for her GCSEs before the 2015 season begins.
This year, Julie will be looking to qualify for the Senior Worlds in Qatar in November and aiming to put herself in the selectors’ thoughts for the Paralympics in Rio 2016.
Julie said: “I have set myself a goal to be the very best which, to me, means World and Paralympic champion.
“To do it I understand not only the hard work I must put in, but also the need to have the best team around me.”
She added: “I’m really excited to be working with the team at 17, whose passion for sport equals my own. I know from speaking to them that they really want to help me achieve my ambitions.”
Hannah Cockroft MBE launched 17 Sports Management Limited in October 2014, having had a number of unpleasant experiences working with agents and managers.
17 will focus on the management of both established and developing talent across all sports.
“There are some good management companies out there, but there are also many that are not so reputable” said Hannah. “I want to be able to help fellow sports people avoid the pitfalls and traps I fell in to.
“I want them to benefit from my unfortunate experiences and succeed in what they love doing, competing. I am delighted to welcome Julie to our team.”