Charlotte Cox

Athlete and Sports Personality

Had my first competition this weekend I did the 200m and came third with a time of 34.4 way off my PB of 32.5 but its the start of the season. Well done to my friend and winner of the event Vicki who I went to Athens with.

Not brilliant but its a start.

I was invited by Special Olympics to do a promotion for them which is the London 10K, the orgainsers of the British 10K are making Special Olympics one of there charities and Special Olympics are hoping to get 2012 runners to take part in the event.

At the promotion I met Special Olympic ambassadors Heather Small, Anna Hemmings, Darren Campbell, Chris Kamara and Katherine Merry. Our photograph appeared in OK magazine (issue no 822)

Charlotte and the Special Olympic Ambassadors

My little sister Harriet came along to the shoot with me and treated me to lunch afterwards!

Hello Everyone,

I am really excited to share with you that I am one of the very lucky 8000 Torch Bearers who will be running the torch relay around the whole of the UK.

I am doing my relay on 27.5.12 in Haverfordwest somewhere I have never been but really excited to see.

http://www.london2012.com/games/olympic-torch-relay/torchbearers/search.php?name=charlotte+cox&search-submit=Go

A big thank you to everyone who nominated me and especially to everyone at Special Olympics GB and Coca Cola I truly recognise how lucky I am to have this honour.

Charlotte
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Hello everyone I know my blog has been quiet recently, but I have been busy and keeping up with my training schedule.

I have an indoor competition at Lee Valley in April its for the Special Olympics and I am looking forward to that as it will show me what I need to work on in preparation for the world championships in the Azores in May.

I will keep you posted.

Charlotte
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Early start to get down to Lee Valley for the Mencap National Squad training day. Small group and training session worked really well.

Whilst we were there a number of athletes from GB Olympics team were there training and filming, so we got to share the track with Marlon Devonish and Dwain Chambers. Here is a picture of me and Marlon who very kindly took time out of training to come and say hello to us

Me and Marlon

I will have a number of indoor national competitons this year but my next International Competition is in May 2012 when I go to the Azores to defend my world records for the 100m, 200m 400m and Longjump.

This evening Mum, Dad and I went to the Living Sport Award Ceremony in St Ives. I have been nominated in two categories the Living Sport Sports Performer of the Year and the Living Sport Disability Sport Performer of the Year. I was shortlisted for the Disability Sports performer which was a great honour as I have won this for the last two years. This year the award was rightly won by Tom Baty who won 4 gold medals in Athens for powerlifting. I was luckly to see Tom do his lifting in Athens and he was great, really proud for him and his family – Well done Tom.

The winner of the Living Sports, Sport performer of year was Louis Smith, good luck for the Olympics Louis, and my fellow C&C club member Ben Kelk was runner up, very deserved Ben.

We had a lovely evening and I was very pleased to be runner up, and also very happy that my athletic club Cambridge and Coleridge won the award for Community Club of the year.

Oh well enough rest now back to training at the weekend I am off to Lee Valley for a squad day.

This weekend I went to Chester where we as a team met up for the final time, the Special Olympics put on a farewell party for all the athletes, coaches and officals who went out to athens.

It was a time to celebrate what we had all achieved look back over photos, have a party and let our hair down for a weekend before training starts in earnest for 2012.

I said bye to the rest of the athletics team but know I will see most of them on the circuit next year, big thanks to Tony Pert-Jones our head coach and to Lesley and Sue.

I have always been very lucky to have such great support from my village and tonight the social club gave me party, Carol did some Greek food which was really good, Richard and Martin showed a video of what I had been doing, it included my 200m race and showed my village just how loud Mum and Dad can be at races!!

Big thank you for everybody from C&C who came especially my coaches Bryn and James who see enough of me at the best of times.

From all the Cox’s a big thank you to everybody who came and especially the club for putting this on for me. I will do my best in 2012 at the world games in The Azores.

Charlotte
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With Jame and Bryn my coaches and Julian from C&C

This evening I went to the Cambridge News Community Awards 2011 at Downing College. We had a lovely reception and then went to the “The Howard Theatre” all the category winners were very deserving and had done very brave things.

I would like to send a big thank you to the Cambridge News readers for voting me the Young Achiever winner and to Anglia Ruskin for sponsoring this category, I am very lucky to have won an award for something I love doing – thank you to everybody.

Some pictures will be posted shortly

Went to Salisbury for a GB training Camp day for the IAADS – Team is being selected to go to the World Games in May 2012 at the Azores.

We had to do a full training session with very specific activities like press ups, running around cones, longjump, shot put and then race the 100m, 200m 400m or 800m (fortunately I did the 400). Had a good day which came at the end of a long but very rewarding season.

On the way home Dad stopped off at Stonehenge it was my first time to see it, Mum said last time she was there you could walk around the actual stones, maybe she helped put them up!!

Looking forward to next Saturday the Toft Party!