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Paralympians in the spotlight

BRITISH ATHLETICS’ first ever female head coach Paula Dunn says she would love to continue the job she has been doing since 2012 but knows the next two years will define her destiny and it all starts with Team GB’s performance in Qatar later this month.

The IPC Athletics World Championships take place in Doha between October 21-31 and Dunn, 50, told the Voice of Sport she was looking forward to seeing her charges perform.

The confidence gleaned from having finished fifth in the medals table at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon and third at last year’s European Championships in Swansea, have created a feelgood factor in the camp and Dunn said she is buoyed by the prospect of that continuing.

Conscious that the Rio Paralympic Games will be here before we know it, followed by the World Championships coming to London in 2017, Dunn says everyone has their work cut out.

“We succeeded in Lyon and we succeeded in Swansea, now for its for us to carry on the good results we’ve had into 2015 and I know a lot of athletes are excited about the prospect of competing in London in 2017,’ said Dunn.

She added: “That is far ahead though. Obviously I would love to still be in this job but I’ve got this major championships and then there is Rio next year. Its all about results and continuing the momentum.

‘’I’m excited about Doha because we have 14 new athletes, the first time they have been selected for their country and it is their first international so it will be great to see how they go and for a lot of the other athletes this will be really great preparation for Rio.

‘The competition is a bit late in the year but it’s the same for everyone and we’ll go there and compete to the best of our ability.”

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