Commonwealth Games blog: Libby Clegg

Libby Clegg’s passion for running began when she was a child, and has taken her further than she ever dreamed. As she prepares for the Para-Sport 100m, she shares her excitement about competing at the Commonwealth Games in front of a home crowd.

I can’t believe that Glasgow 2014 is nearly here! The time has flown by, and I’m really excited. When I started running, I never thought that I’d get as far as the Commonwealth Games, but here I am!

I always enjoyed doing sports at school. I’m quite a competitive person, so the competitive side appealed to me! When I was 9 my mum took me to a running club, and I loved it from the start. At a running club you get the chance to try out lots of different things, like long jump and high jump, and I enjoyed them all, but running really stood out for me.

I never worried about my eye condition holding me back – I never thought about it. I didn’t ever expect running to go anywhere, I just did it because I loved it. Then I found out I was actually quite good at it. By then I’d realised that having a visual impairment wasn’t going to stop me. Now, having won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London, I’ll be taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

I competed at Hampden Park recently: the track is fantastic and there was a great atmosphere. I can’t wait to get out there for the Commonwealth Games. A home crowd makes a massive difference, and it brings out the best in people.

The Commonwealth Games is a fantastic experience, especially in front of a home crowd. I’ll be competing against a lot of people I know, who I might normally be on the same team with if we were competing as Team GB! One of the wonderful things about the Commonwealth Games is that it gives athletes an opportunity who might not necessarily make the British team, but could be chosen to represent England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. That extra push at the Commonwealth Games can really help their development and they might exceed all their expectations. It can give their career a real boost and open up new possibilities for the future.

Right now I’m focusing on eating right, resting and preparing for the competition. I’ve got a job to do, and I know what I need to do to complete that job – I’m not thinking about the pressure or the expectations, I’m just keeping focused. I’m in great shape at the moment, I’m feeling really good, and I’m looking forward to getting into the stadium and competing!

Libby Clegg will be taking part in the Para-Sport 100m at Glasgow 2014 on Monday 28 July.

Good luck, Libby!