22nd Jan, 2019

Rubery's para-sporting champion named ‘World Field Athlete of the Year’

RUBERY’S para-sporting champion Leanna Horne, who won gold at the World Games in Sant Cugat and followed it up with two silvers and a bronze in the nationals, has been named CP Sport’s ‘World Field Athlete of the Year’.

Leanna was already the World’s number one female F31 Club Throw athlete when she went to Spain, based on points from competitions.

But, she said, this was the first time she had received a gold medal to recognise her achievement.

At the nationals she threw her way to silver in the discus and shott and bronze in the club.

The club is her number one discipline but she was up against competitors from different classes which made her task tougher.

And, to provide the proverbial cherry on the top, Leanna was also named ‘Field Athlete of the Year’ by governing body CP Sport.

Leanna told the Standard: “This has been the best season I have ever had and I’m so proud of everything I have achieved.”

She thanked Richard Taylor and Scott Thompson from her support team for all their help throughout the season.

“I also want to say a massive thank you to all the sponsors because without them it would not have been possible.”

Leanna will start training again next month and the season starts again in April.

She will also be working towards the Paralympics in Tokyo which are taking place between August and September in 2020 and says it would be her absolute dream to be at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

“With the training also comes the need to start fund-raising again,” said Leanna.

Any local businesses or groups which can help Leanna can donate at www.gofundme.com/keep-paraathlete-leanna-competing or call her on 07870 834817.

Visit www.facebook.com/paraathleteleanna for more information.

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