2012 hopeful Vikki dreaming of Olympic success

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HIGH jumper Vikki Hubbard has set her sights on London 2012 after her most successful season to date.

Former KGGS pupil Hubbard, 21, made her senior Great Britain debut at the World Indoor Championships in March and narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fourth, at the Commonwealth Games in October.

The Olympic hopeful has been picking up tips from triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards and European and Commonwealth champion hurdler Andy Turner on a recent trip to the new Olympic Stadium in London.

Hubbard said: “It was good to speak to Jonathan and Andy and listen to what they had to say about the Olympics and about making yourself a successful senior.

“It was quite exciting to see the Olympic Park and the stadium looks really close to being completed. It did make my mind wander to what it might be like in two years time.

“It is hard not to think about it but I know I have two more years of hard work before it starts if I want to get there.”

Hubbard has undergone the most gruelling year of her career so far, following an exhaustive and lengthy season. However, she plans for more of the same next year with another packed schedule.

She said: I think I’ll be doing the indoors, I love the indoor season and the European indoors are in Paris so I am definitely going to go there if I can.

“We’ve got the World Championships at the end of the year as well and that is the main aim for the year and then I’ve also got the European Under-23 Championships in Ostrava as well so it will be another busy year.”

l Hubbard has received £1,000 from Lloyds TSB Local Heroes - a partnership with SportsAid. The funding is to support around 270 of Britain’s most talented athletes in the lead up to London 2012 and beyond.