ATHLETICS: Vikki sets sights firmly on London 2012

Vikki Hubbard

Vikki Hubbard

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VIKKI Hubbard announced herself to the world last year – and after receiving a welcome cash boost the Grantham high jumper is plotting some jet-setting to secure her London Olympic berth.

At the age of 20, Vikki jumped her way into the Great Britain set-up for last March’s World Indoor Championships in Doha, eventually finishing 17th with a leap of 1.85m.

The former KGGS pupil did not stop there and secured a place at the Commonwealth Games in India where she came an agonising fourth – this time in an England vest.

Like last year, Vikki has been picked to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes scheme, securing herself £1,000 funding in the process.

She is now planning a hectic summer of international competition in a bid to be part of London 2012 next summer.

Vikki said: “The scheme really helps with regards to funding. Last year I wasn’t on any kind of lottery funding, and so it really helps with travel expenses, and to be asked back is really helpful in that respect.

“Obviously this year is a big year on the road to London 2012 and there’s the European Under-23 Championships, while the World University Games are also on this year.

“And then there’s the World Championships. I’d love to progress and make all three championships – it’s a big ask but it’s something I have to aim for.

“I want to push on for this year and start improving my personal best. The British record at the moment is 1.95m and that will probably be the Olympic qualification standard.

“So my goals are clear. To push on, get the British record and in doing so get the Olympic qualification standard.”

l Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides support and funding to 344 emerging athletes all the way to London 2012 and beyond. Follow the future stars of TeamGB and ParalympicsGB at: www.lloydstsb.com/localheroes