Lambert moving closer to her Rio target

Lorraine Lambert   Picture: Sarah Standing (13821-1081)
Lorraine Lambert Picture: Sarah Standing (13821-1081)

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Lorraine Lambert is aiming to step up her bid to secure a place at the Rio Paralympics.

The 40-year-old shooter has her eyes firmly fixed on the target.

She’s heading to Los Angeles next month for her first training camp of 2014.

It’s the start of a busy year for Lambert, from Milton, who lost her leg after a climbing accident in 1997.

Crucial upcoming international air rifle competitions will give her the platform to show her class as she builds up to the World Championships later this year.

Lambert said: ‘I fly out to LA for our first training camp, then we go off to a competition which is the first international event of note of the year.

‘The long aim is obviously still the Paralympics.

‘And the selection process has started from the first of this year up until the beginning of the games.

‘You have to compete in minimum requirement standard events and the better placed you are in these events, then the more selection points you get against your name.

‘We’ve already had a strong start.

‘We won team silver in the European competition back in August and I managed a ninth-place finish individually.

‘We’ve got the World Championships this year and then another round of the European competition before the big event in Rio.’

Lambert relies on her sponsors Hendy Ford and Geordie Jacks to help with funding for travel to international competitions.

She also hosts fundraising events with her sister Helen Black, as targeting a place in the Olympics is a costly venture.

The help of her generous sponsors has brought her Rio Paralympic dream closer to reality.

Lambert said: ‘I have managed to get some more funds together.

‘Geordie Jacks, over in Wickham, have very kindly donated an air rifle so that is one less piece of equipment to worry about.

Lorraine’s sister Helen added: ‘She is looking to raise £6,000 for her left-handed 22 rickard rifle, which we are doing a few things for.

‘My daughter is doing a sponsored bike ride.

‘And I am hosting a vintage clothes sale in May with all the money going to help fund Lorriane.

‘All the clothes are from my old shop Stylistics.

‘So we are hoping some of our old customers will come along and help with the cause.’