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Womack gets Paralympics send-off

9 August 2012

Southend United fan Robin Womack got a send off from his beloved Blues today as he prepares for the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Womack, 41, throws the shot-put for Team GB and will appear in London’s Olympic Stadium on 1st September on day two of the competition. 

The Southend based star was at Boots and Laces training ground on Thursday afternoon to meet the first team squad before he sets off for a pre-games training camp in Portugal. 

“I’m a massive Southend United fan,” Robin told the official website. 

“My first game was back in the David Webb era when we were a Division One side against Leicester City. 

“It was an amazing game and I was standing in the North Bank watching a fantastic team.” 

Womack is hotly tipped to medal at the Games next month as he currently ranks third in the world standings. 

His selection for the squad was confirmed in July, four years after suffering the disappointment of missing out on Beijing, China. 

“I have trained so hard for this for the last four years,” he said. “Now I am a real medal prospect I can’t wait to get in front of the crowd.” 

The wheelchair bound shot-putter is also hoping to have a few Blues supporters in the stadium. 

Southend play Wycombe Wanderers at Roots Hall on the afternoon of his first appearance and with the Olympic Park so close to Southend one or two fans are planning on making the trip. 

“Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the game which I am gutted about but I know that some fans are planning on coming which is great,” he admitted. “I finish at one o’clock so they should get back in time and hopefully I can make all the supporters proud by bringing home a medal.”

Southend United wishes Robin all the best in his efforts on behalf of all supporters and we hope to see him on the Roots Hall pitch with a medal soon.

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