Support Robin's Rio attemptSouthend shot-putter Robin Womack has stepped up his attempts to reach the Rio Paralympics this summer with the backing of Blues!
The 44-year-old memorably won a bronze medal at London 2012 but he will need help with his funding if he is to bid for more success in Brazil.
“You just can’t do it without having the support,” said Womack.
“Last year my warm weather training was in Basildon where it was raining in May.
“I want to go to Portugal because it does make a difference when you have the sun on your back with good training facilities.
“You also need to have the funding behind you so you can get into the top competitions and take on the top guys in your class.
“That’s what I need but for that to happen I need to be going into Europe.”
With that in mind, Womack has sent up a fundraising website on Pledge Sports in order for him to be able to receive more backing and the keen Southend United supporters hopes to be able to generate at least £6,500 in the space of 40 days.
“I needed to find a way of raising money,” explained Womack.
“I was talking to my old coach about it and it was something he mentioned.
“It’s been hard to do and was far from straight forward.
“It took my wife and I two months to do but it’s all up and running now.
“I’m hoping to raise £6,500 to cover my costs which are double for me because I have to take someone with me all the time.”
But, away from the fundraising, Womack has been encouraged by his winter training and he is happy with the team he now has around him.
“It’s been really hard with the changes but I’m enjoying it and I’m feeling strong,” said Womack.
“My throws are going well and hopefully I can hit the qualifiers to do both the European Championships and the Paralympics.”
With that in mind, Womack will be starting his season in Chelmsford in early May before hoping to line up at the Europeans in Italy the following month but it is reaching Rio in September which remains Womack’s main aim for the season.
“I’ve qualified about 17 times from last year but I need to get into the top three in the world to get picked,” said Womack.
“For that to happen I’ll have to beat my personal best from London so it will be tough.
“But I’ve got the fire back in my belly and I have to believe it will happen.”
Blues skipper John White has thrown his weight behind Womack’s bid for Paralympic glory, the shot-putter attends Shrimpers’ matches whenever his training schedule allows and White is now keen to back Womack in his pursuit of more medals.
“We’ve started talking recently and everyone at the club wants to help raise awareness for him,” said White.
“We want to help Rob get to Rio and take some of the stress away from him, we’re happy to do anything we can to help him.”
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