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Funding boost fires up Robin Womack for European Championships
ROBIN Womack has been boosted by UK Athletics’ decision to keep him on their World Class Performance Programme for funding.
The Southend based shot-putter, who memorably won a bronze medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London, expected to lose support from the sport’s governing body after a disappointing season.
But the pleasant surprise has given the keen Southend United supporter extra determination to succeed.
“I wasn’t expected to be kept on funding and it’s given me a huge boost and a perfect time,” said Womack, 42.
“I haven’t had much luck with funding in the past so I was 90 per cent sure I was going to be left off this time.
“But the fact they still believe in me has really given me that fire back in my belly.
“It’s came at a really good time for me too because I had been really down since not doing well at the World Championships and also suffering a wrist injury.”
Womack, who came eighth at the World Championships in France, has now had a cortisone injection to cure the problem.
However, his sights are now firmly set on rediscovering his best form next season and securing more success at the European Championships, which are taking place in Swansea.
“The Europeans are normally for up and coming athletes but it’s the first time they’ve been held in Great Britain and I’ve told them I want to do it,” said Womack.
“I need to fall back in love with doing the shot again but I’m sure that will happen.
“After London I was wondering whether or not to quit the sport and I thought the same after what happened in the World Championship.
“I’ve been through a really bad time but I know I can get back to how I was throwing before, if not better and start enjoying again too.”
Womack has been set a UKA target of throwing more than 11 metres twice next season, as well as medaling at the Europeans.
And he will head in to them with a different kind of attitude.
“Looking back now I was a right cocky git at the Worlds and someone up there probably deciding to shoot me down with what happened,” said Womack.
“I broke two of my throwing belts which is unheard of and incredibly unlucky, but this funding has given me a huge lift and I’m already fired up for next season now.”