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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.