AYLESBURY’S top Olympic hopeful Craig Gibbons got a glimpse of the pool he is aiming to swim in for 2012 as organisers celebrated a year to go until the Games.
The Maxwell star is due to compete in the Aquatics Centre in March to qualify for the London Games and has pinned all his hopes in impressing at his first time there.
He said: “The trials are in March so everything comes down to that. I am training really hard everyday and it is all going really well.
“I saw the pool on tv and can’t wait to swim in it. That was the first glimpse I got of it and I am proud of the job organisers have done.
“It is amazing to think that with a year to go we have everything built and even the medals sorted, if you look at Beijing they were still building up to about a week beforehand.”
Gibbons won’t be able to see the pool first hand until March, but he believes qualifying at the stadium could give him a boost if he makes the cut.
He said: I doubt I will see it until March but qualifying there is really good because it allows us to get used to being in the pool and also can work as a good test for the real thing.”
Alongside the main celebrations in London, Stoke Mandeville Stadium welcomed Finnish athletes to its facilities.
The home of the Paralympics, hosted 20 hopefuls for next year’s Games in events such as javelin and discus.
The training was in preparation for the International Athletics meet at Stoke Mandeville this weekend, featuring some of Britain’s best-known Paralympians, including David Weir.