Shelly’s inspiring tales for WI group

Shelly Woods visits Hambleton WI.  She is pictured with Pat Bick and Norma Ellwood.
Shelly Woods visits Hambleton WI. She is pictured with Pat Bick and Norma Ellwood.

Paralympic silver medallist Shelly Woods has shared her ambitions for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games .

The wheelchair athlete delivered her tips for success and career highlights with members of Hambleton Women’s Institute (WI)

Blackpool born Shelly, 27, was invited as a guest of honour at the group’s recent meeting and member Beryl Harter,

said: “What a super person she is, full of energy and positivity, telling young people to try hard at whatever you do in life,

“Shelley is very proud to race for her country and feels her best years are yet to come.”

The former Claremont High School student talked about her tumultuous London 2012 Paralympic Games and her initial disappointment after finishing well outside the medals in the 1,500metres and 5,000m and not even reaching the final in the 800m.

But how she turned herself around and came back fighting to earn herself the silver medal in the marathon.

She said: “ I told myself I have got to do better than this and in the Marathon I could hear everyone shouting “Go on Shelly.

“I couldn’t let 90,000 people down, so when I saw Buckingham Palace after 26miles I knew I had to do a real sprint to the line”

Shelly, who broke her back in an accident when she was 11, described her determination to succeed with her sport and how she is now readily preparing for the games this summer with hopes of securing further medals.

And despite a setback late last year, with the loss of her Lottery funding, she is still bidding to compete in Rio for the 2016 Paralympics.