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Libby Clegg

Libby made her Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008, winning a silver medal in the T12 100m.

LIBBY CLEGG

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Qualified massage therapist, Libby starts competing in 2008 and won many medals during Beijing, London and Rio games.

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Formerly a keen ballet dancer, Libby took up athletics aged 9, first competing in middle distance and cross country running before taking up sprinting.

She joined the Macclesfield Harriers Athletics Club in 1999, bursting onto the international scene aged 16 at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, the Netherlands, when she won a silver medal in the T12 200m.

In 2008 she was awarded third place in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2020 Libby became the first blind participant on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, reaching the final and finishing third with her partner Mark Hanretty

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Libby made her Paralympic debut in Beijing in 2008, winning a silver medal in the T12 100m.

At London 2012, Libby won her T12 100m heat in a world record time of 12.17 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final, Libby ran a time of 12.13 to set a new personal best and take the silver medal.

Libby began working with guide runner Chris Clarke in February 2016 and the pair claimed T11 100m and 200m gold at Rio 2016.

Get To Know Libby Clegg

Full name

LIBBY Gemma CLEGG (first name is actually Elizabeth)

Any nickname?

Libs

Sport(s)

Track & Field & Ice Skating!

Type of impairment

Stargardt Macular Dystrophy Disease

Biggest achievement

Sport:  Double Gold Sprint medals in Rio and making the Final of ITV’s Dancing on Ice.  Life:  Being a mum

Biggest inspiration

My Mum because she encouraged me and supported me on my Athletics journey.

Favourite quote

“Your body can stand almost anything, it’s your mind you have to convince”.

Question you’re asked the most

“How much can you see”

What you can’t live without

Family aside, my phone it’s great for visual aids.

Things that annoy you

People who push in front of me in a queue because they think I can’t see them.

Hobbies outside training

Not much time outside of training and parenting but like baking and walking in the park

Favourite meal of the day (precise breakfast, lunch or dinner)

My favourite meal is scrambled eggs on toast with smashed avocado – I can eat this for breakfast or lunch to be honest.

Favourite dishes (please mention a starter + a main + a dessert)

Starter:     Garlic and cream mushrooms. 

Main:       Macaroni and cheese with vegetables

Dessert:    Chocolate orange fudge cake.

 

I don’t eat meat.

 

Favourite breakfast cereals brand

Shreddies

How do you like to eat your cereals? Do you like to mix them with other ingredients?

Just as they come out of the box, never with anything added, that’s just wrong, only with Milk (semi)

Favourite smoothie

Don’t have one – not really big on smoothies.

Top tip for anyone starting out on fitness journey

Try and do 10,000 steps a day because it’s easy, measurable and doesn’t cost you anything.

Top tip for anyone wanting to eat more healthily

Don’t do a food shop hungry and avoid ready meals.

Ever been to Tokyo?

Not yet.

What are you looking forward to about Tokyo?

Experiencing a new culture.

What keeps you motivated?

Inspiring my son, Edward. 

Where would you like to go on vacation after the games?

Somewhere hot and Covid free.

Anything else you’d like to share/mention?

 

 

Hattie likes Shreddies as much as I do.

(Hattie is my Guidedog).

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    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?
    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.
    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    How can I find foods made with whole grain?
    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.
    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?
    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.
    Why does Nestlé label vegetable oil?
    Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.
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