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Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year: Paula Craig Honoured

Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year: Paula Craig Honoured

Paula was a keen athlete and triathlete before suffering serious injuries in a road accident as she was training on her bicycle in 2001.

She is now bidding for a place in British squad for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, where she hopes to compete in the marathon or the 5000m.

Paula, who still works as a Police Detective Sergeant, said she was honoured to win the Helen Rollason Award. She said: "I was absolutely delighted to win the award. I knew I had been shortlisted, but I had no idea I had won it. I was over the moon."

The day after winning the prestigious award, she was off on a flight to New Zealand, where she will compete in the disability event at the Triathlon World Championships on 6th December. Last year Paula finished third in the same event in Mexico.

"I would dearly love to go to Athens next year," she said. "My best chance would be the marathon, but the difficulty for me is going to be that I need to get a fast marathon in early in the year. I'm going to see what I can do.

"I love the taking part and the most important thing is that I continue enjoying it," she added.

Paula ran the London Marathon each year between 1995 and 2000, clocking a time of 2:57 in the 2000. She finished third in the women's wheelchair section of the event last year in 2:06.54, just two minutes behind second-placed Tanni Grey-Thompson.

- The British Paralympic Association


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