To see the Olympic games in our country is a dream come true for many people. Just around the corner now, the majority of us are getting excited - and rightly so.
But one Selsey woman Sarah Jouault has taken that excitement and is running with it - quite literally. The mum-of-four is set to run a 100m sprint in the Olympic Stadium for charity on April 1.
“I will be running in front of 20,000 spectators, including past and present Olympians and celebrities.
“It’s a really great honour to be asked to do it and incredible to be running on the track before the Olympics start. Just to be there in the stadium will be such an amazing feeling.”
The momentous occasion forms part of a Gold Challenge where charities ask people to fundraise for them by holding events.
Sarah was selected by the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, based in Brighton, which aims to improve the healthcare services for sick children and babies throughout Sussex.
Sarah has challenged former British Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles, Sally Gunnell, to race her in the Olympic Stadium for the 100m sprint.
She also wants to compete against Sally for an Ultra Gold Challenge event, which is a 40k bike ride, 10k run, 8km row, 2km walk and 1.5km swim - all in one day. This is likely to take place in June. So far Sarah has raised nearly £8,000 for the Gold Challenge.
Sarah, of East Street, will start her training in Battersea on Sunday and will get one-to-one coaching from retired British hurdling athlete John Ridgeon.
This experience will surely sit near the top of her long list of amazing achievements - and there are plenty of them. She has achieved gold, silver and bronze medals in the triathlon for the British championships. She has won two UK full Ironman competitions and was named the sports person of the year at the Chichester Observer’s Community Awards in 2009. To date she has raised more than £90,000 for children’s charities.
And what next for the ever-determined and inspirational Sarah Jouault?
“Next year I am doing the London marathon and I am going to win my age group. And I am going to win a gold medal for Great Britain in Ironman.”
To sponsor Sarah for the Gold Challenge, log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahJouaultGoldChallenge