‘Wee girl from Motherwell’ is going to the Tokyo Olympics

Motherwell canoeist Deborah Kerr is gearing up for the Tokyo Olympics as the games get set to begin.

Sprint kayaker Deborah insists she hasn’t set any targets for this month’s Olympics after sealing her place at the Tokyo Games.

But she says a repeat of her bronze medal win from the World Cup earlier this year would be an amazing achievement.

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Deborah will race in the K1 Women’s 500m and will have the opportunity to join teammate Emily Lewis on the Sea Forest Waterway.

The 23-year-old realised her Olympics dream with impressive performances at the British selection event and European qualifiers in Szeged, Hungary, winning the K1 200m and winning that World Cup bronze, her first senior international medal.

The former Dalziel High pupil is now studying at Manchester Metropolitan University and moved to Nottingham to pursue her dream.

She said: “It’s amazing to have qualified for the Olympics – it makes everything worth it, and I’m really excited.”

The “wee girl from Motherwell” took to Instagram to share the news with her followers.

She posted: “I am so delighted to finally announce that my ticket to Tokyo is secured, where I’ll race the K1 500m and 200m, alongside canoeing legend Liam Heath and one of my best friends and teammates since 2014, Emily Lewis.

“I’ve worked so hard for this, ever since I can remember, but never really believed it was possible, so I am so proud of myself.

“It takes a village, though, and I couldn’t have done it without all the staff and athletes I’ve worked with and learned from over the years and without the support of my amazing friends (you all know who you are) but my biggest thanks as always goes to my wonderful family and coach, Kristina.

“Who’d have thought a wee girl from Motherwell would be canoeing at the Olympic Games?

“But here we are! Lets gooooo!”

The Games come to an end on Sunday, August 8, which is when the closing ceremony takes place.

The Canoe Sprint will take place between August 2-7 when Deborah will compete.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will feature 339 events in 33 different sports, held across 43 competition venues.

Meanwhile, the Paralympics Games will run from August 24 to September 5.

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