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Meet Shelly Woods

Wheelchair racing (T12-L1)

Current World record holder in the 1500m.
Current British record holder in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon.
Second in the London Marathon 2011.
Bronze in the 5000m, IPC World Championships 2011.
Winner in the Great Manchester Run – 2005, 2009, 2010.
Second in the New York City Marathon, 2009.
Silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 5000m, Beijing Paralympic Games 2008.
Winner in the Great North Run – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011.

Back story
Shelly Woods is one of Britain’s top wheelchair racers, and she currently holds the British records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon.

Shelly suffered a spinal cord injury after falling from a tree when she was 11 years old. She was always an active youngster and after her accident she decided to sample a few sports such as wheelchair basketball and swimming but she enjoyed wheelchair athletics the most.

In 2004 at only 18 years of age Shelly started to make a name for herself with some exceptional performances in road races – second in the Great North Run, second in the Manchester Run and first in the Mini London Marathon setting a new course record.

After her achievements on the road, Shelly tried track racing in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m and in her first season on track was selected to represent Great Britain. In 2005 Shelly continued to progress rapidly winning the Great North Run and finishing second in the Great Manchester Run and the London Marathon. She was the first British athlete to cross the finish line in all these events.

Not only excelling on the road, Shelly also had good performances on track, winning bronze at the European Championships in the 5000m.

In 2007 Shelly won the Los Angeles marathon, the London Marathon and the NYC 10km and paved the way to her performance at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing where she competed in more events than any other female athlete, coming away with a silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 5000m.

She finished 2009 ranked World No. 1 on the track for the 5000m and claimed second place in the New York City Marathon. Throughout 2010 Shelly has become increasingly faster, even managing to break Tanni Grey-Thompson’s long standing British Record in the 400m.

Shelly lives in Blackpool with her fiancé and in her spare time works with her local council to talk to secondary school children about what it’s like to be an elite athlete. She is an inspiration to all ages and supports Stoke Mandeville Hospital where much of her rehabilitation took place. Shelly supports “Get the Kids Going”, the charity that raised enough money for her first ever racing chair.

Shelly speaks highly of her family who have played a huge part in supporting her throughout her recover and encouraging her dreams of Gold in 2012.


BP is committed to leaving a lasting legacy from the Games for years to come.

As a London 2012 partner, we are helping over 5,000 Games vehicles run smoothly with our advanced fuels, biofuels and engine oils. By offsetting the carbon footprint of Team GB, Team USA and millions of spectator journeys through BP Target Neutral, we’re helping ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games set new standards in sustainability.

We are supporting a diversity of outstanding individual athletes as they prepare to compete, while sharing the London 2012 experience with millions of  people through our forecourts. Meanwhile, our partnership with the Cultural Olympiad is bringing arts and culture to millions. And the Young Leaders Programme will transform the futures of 100 disadvantaged young adults.

Fuelling the Games

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London 2012 is an opportunity to show what can be possible in the world of lower-carbon mobility. During the Games, a fleet of more than 5,000 official vehicles will be in operation, moving the athletes and officials as well as food and supplies to and from the Olympic Village, the Olympic Park and other venues across London and beyond.

As the Official Oil and Gas Partner, BP is providing the fuels and engine oils for these vehicles. We’re committed to making sure that fuelling the Games does not mean adding to its carbon footprint. To achieve this we’ll use a mix of lower-carbon technologies that everyone can use today or in the near future. More.

Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival

If you live in the UK, get ready for the London 2012 Festival, a fitting finale to the Cultural Olympiad.

It will feature 12 weeks of extraordinary cultural events from leading artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers from around the world. From 21 June, over 7 million people across the UK will have the chance to enjoy free events. BP is proud to be a Premier Partner of both the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival, celebrating culture across the UK. More.

In classrooms and communities

Leaving a legacy for London 2012 is also about working in classrooms and communities to educate and inspire young people across the UK.

The Young Leaders Programme, supported by BP, is giving a group of disadvantaged young people the chance to make a positive change to their lives. BP has also developed a comprehensive and exciting educational programme drawing on real-life oil trading challenges. More.

Target Neutral

With the help of BP Target Neutral, our six British London 2012 athlete ambassadors are learning how to travel around while generating a smaller carbon footprint. On their way to the Games, we’ll be following their progress.

We hope it will inspire many others to use the Target Neutral framework as a way of shrinking their carbon footprint. If enough people take part, this could be a great legacy for London 2012 – and make a significant difference to the environment in the years to come.

The Target Neutral framework is simple. It involves using straightforward tips and techniques to reduce the CO2 you create as you travel around, then neutralising the remaining CO2 through carbon offsetting.

Carbon offsetting isn’t an answer to the climate challenge in and of itself. But it’s a step in the direction of a lower-carbon future. Not only does it balance out a portion of the carbon released into the atmosphere today, it generates investment in lower-carbon projects that can have a big impact in the future. More.

In 2012, the British Museum will stage a major exhibition on the world of Shakespeare in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Visitors to the exhibition will delve into London 1612 to see it as it was 400 years ago: an emerging international city where theatregoers jostled one another daily at open-air performances of the latest play by William Shakespeare.

The exhibition, supported by BP, will be brought to life through objects, quotes from Shakespeare and performance. Objects include a stunning range of important paintings, rare jewels, original manuscripts and other items linked to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Get ready to be inspired. The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games is coming to the Royal Opera House for the duration of the Olympic Games in 2012. BP and the Royal Opera House are collaborating with The Olympic Museum to create a free and unique exhibition telling the Olympic story through the endeavours of ancient and modern Olympians. It will include artefacts, graphics, film and audio from The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. These are being shown in London for the first time, and the exhibition therefore promises to be a highlight of the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

From ancient Greece forwards, the history of the Games is all about stories of perseverance and triumph. Visitors to the exhibition will get to see all of the Olympic Medals since 1896 and all of the Olympic Torches since 1936. There will also be a ‘Hall of Champions’ featuring the stories and inspirational achievements of great Olympians from the modern Games.

Visitors will be taken on a journey from ancient Greece, the original home of the Olympic Games, through the vision of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man behind the revival of the Games many centuries later. The experience will continue with the stories of some of the iconic Olympic athletes and moments of the last hundred years of Olympic history.