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POLE VAULT: Hannah's hope
HILPERTON pole vaulter Hannah Grubb is crossing her fingers that a mystery knee injury will not knock her season off balance.
The 17-year-old, from Hilperton, was one of five county athletes earmarked as a ‘future Olympian’ by Wiltshire Council and presented with a £1,000 grant on Tuesday.
Grubb, who is a Bath College student, has recently switched coaches to former Great Britain international Christian North and trains at the University of Bath.
She vaulted for the first time this season on Monday and is hoping that she is on the road to recovery.
“I had an MRI scan last week, which came back clear, but I’ve still been getting a lot of pains in my left knee, which has been stopping me from taking off,” she said.
“Apparently they can’t see anything wrong with it so I’m currently going to work through the pain and hope that it doesn’t get any worse – that means I haven’t competed this season at all.
“I’m getting a bit bored of not doing anything but hopefully I can start vaulting properly next week. “The big one I’m aiming for this year is the English schools championships (in Birmingham in July).”
Grubb says that her funding boost will go a long way to meeting her costs this season.
“There’s not enough funding to hand out to everyone, so our parents are paying for travel, coaches, equipment, facilities and things like that,” she said.
“And being an athlete, we don’t have the time to get a job so money like this; although people might not think it’s a lot of money, it does seem to go quite far.”
Bradford on Avon canoe sprint Olympic gold medallist Ed McKeever presented Grubb with her grant. He said: “It’s great to give out these awards and hopefully get people on their way to achieving what I’ve achieved.”