Inspired, she vowed to reach her goal to compete at the following Paralympics in Rio 2016.

Through determination, commitment, self-discipline and the support of her employer, the Co-op, Carly achieved her goal and qualified to be on the start line of the T34, 100m in Brazil.

Carly said: “My life changed beyond recognition having been inspired by the incredible achievements of British Paralympians at London 2012. Since 2012 there has been a huge amount of support from the British public for Para Athletes in the UK. Hopefully what I have been able to achieve can in some small way encourage others to take up Para Athletics and pursue their dreams.”

Join the #supportourheroes mosaic and upload your image of support

Carly, 31, who has cerebral palsy and lives in Wythenshawe, now trains as a full-time athlete after being granted a paid career-break from her marketing job at the Co-op to realise her dreams and ambitions. Carly recently returned from a warm-weather training camp in Australia will continue her full-time training in preparation for London 2017.

Co-op, the Official Team Supporter of the British Athletics para team, in association with British Athletics, will continue their support of Carly and Support Our Heroes ahead of this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships in London, 14 -23 July, by attempting to set a World Record for the online largest photo album of selfies.

We are encouraging everyone in Britain to show your support too, back our para athletes in the build-up to the championships, and be part of a record-breaking attempt at the same time by posting a message of support. The current world record stands at 126,460 selfies, and we want to surpass this number and celebrate the record achievement during the Championships.

The digital mosaic already includes multiple global medallist Richard Whitehead, and European medallists Carly Tait and Sam Ruddock.

Alasdair Fowle, the ‎Divisional Marketing Manager at The Co-operative Group said: “We hope that the general public will join us in supporting our heroes by uploading personal good luck messages and photos on our ‘Support our Heroes’ mosaic. It is our hope that by the end of the Championships we will have achieved a world record for the number of posts on a good luck message board of this kind.”

Join in, show your support, and help break a new World Record. Please visit and upload your images & messages of support to the page.

Follow Carly’s journey and connect on social media using:

Hashtag: #GoodLuckCarly

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