Shropshire archer Dani Brown told Prime Minister David Cameron that she is ‘shaking’ with nerves ahead of next week’s Paralympic Games.
The 24-year-old sportswoman met Mr Cameron when he visited the British team at the athletes’ village yesterday.
Mr Cameron asked the members of the squad how they were preparing for the Games.
He told the archers he needed adrenaline before delivering a speech, and asked them: “How do you keep calm? With most sports, you want a bit of adrenaline going, but how do you keep calm before you start?”.
Paralympian Sharon Vennard replied: “We’re like ducks – calm on the surface and paddling underneath.”
She made the Prime Minister laugh when she then revealed some members of the team sing to keep calm. But Dani, who is from Telford and trains at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, admitted: “I’m completely the opposite – I’m nervous, I’m shaking.”
During his visit Mr Cameron also joined the footballers for a self-service lunch of chicken curry and rice in the vast athletes’ dining hall. He also met the equestrian team at their welcome meeting in the teams’ medical centre.
He told them: “What you’re going to be doing is life changing, not only for you but for everyone watching you.
“And that’s a brilliant thing to be part of. The key thing is to enjoy it.”