THE countdown to the London 2012 Olympics is now less than three years away– and Birchfield Harrier Jordan McGrath’s dream appearance remains firmly on track.
The 19-year-old was handpicked as a future Olympian earlier this year when he was selected to join the UKA Heroes project sponsored by Original Source, scooping a £1,000 cash injection in the process to aid his London bid.
The project is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
McGrath suffered heartache earlier in the season when his bid for glory at this summer’s European Junior Championship was ended by a hamstring injury but the 19-year-old from Yardley has raced back ahead of schedule.
And as Monday marked exactly three years until the Olympic torch is lit McGrath insists he is more determined than ever to live the dream in three years time.
“I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone,” said McGrath. “It doesn’t seem that long now until the London Olympics will be on.
“Even though I have been out injured this summer I feel like I have progressed massively this summer.
“I have been able to concentrate on some areas of my fitness that I wouldn’t normally concentrate on like my core fitness.
“I think I am a lot stronger and a lot fitter now than I have ever been and even though I haven’t got the track fitness back yet, when I do get that, I should be in good shape.”
McGrath is set to return to the track at Gateshead on August 31 for the Aviva British Grand Prix.