World champion Shooter Tim Jeffery tells Ashleigh Holland how Covid-19 has affected his road to Tokyo 2021 and his preparation for the games in August.
Tim Jeffery was selected for his second Paralympic games after claiming gold at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain, Oman in February 2019.
As all competitions were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the games have been rescheduled for August 24th this coming summer.
He said: “I was disappointed at first but I understood that a cancellation was needed to keep people safe and to give everyone an even playing field in terms of having the ability to train in the current global climate.”
Although Jeffery hasn’t been able to compete in any events this year, he has been fortunate to have some training facilities at his home.
“Two of my events are shot at 10m and for those, my primary base is actually at home so I have been lucky to have little impact on my training other than not being able to practice shooting head-to-head internationally.”
However, all of Jeffery’s regular gym workouts were now converted to home workouts which he admitted was a difficult change.
“Going from a gym-based workout was tricky at first but I was very lucky to have an excellent team around me to help me develop and properly structure an effective exercise plan at home.”
Tim Jeffery started shooting at the age of 11 and said he loved the mental and physical challenge that the sport gave him.
The 24-year-old studied at the University of Nottingham doing engineering but wishes to look towards a career in sports psychology after he retires from competitive shooting.
Jeffery admitted he would love a gold medal this year but said his most prevalent goal is to be well prepared.
“If I can walk off the line knowing I’ve done the best I can, both in preparation and on the day, then regardless if I walk away with a gold medal or last place I’ll walk away happy.”
Athletes are still waiting on updates from the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) on how the Paralympics will run this year in order to keep everyone safe but the information is expected to be released later this month.
To keep updated with Tim Jeffery’s preparations in the run-up to Tokyo 2021 make sure to follow his Instagram @tim_jeffery_gb.