Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid insists any plan to stage separate disability Diamond League events needs to be considered thoroughly.
The 28-year-old athlete, who won long jump silver in the F44 class in London last summer, admits there may now be public demand for Para athletics grands prix – but that a number of solutions may be available.
Paralympic sport received a massive boost from the success of the London Games, which saw packed houses at each session for track and field.
Reid – who has an artificial leg – missed out on a sprint medal but landed silver in the long jump while her husband, Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos, won a hat-trick of silvers.
And, speaking to Metro from South Africa, where she is at a UK Athletics training camp, she admitted the prospect of an International Paralympic Committee-organised grand prix circuit, beginning this summer, is an interesting one.
Previously, Para athletics has merely been tagged on to Diamond League grands prix at Crystal Palace.
Reid said: ‘I think there are benefits to both – I have done demonstration events and struggled with how things are done in the Diamond League.
‘I was involved in a mixed-class 100metres final a few years ago and often the Paralympic events are on in the morning and aren’t even advertised.
‘Paralympic athletics showed in London it can be a standalone event, and you can’t put those on without public demand. For that you need a great product and I think we have that.’
Reid, who switched allegiance from Canada to Great Britain in 2010, believes it may be some time before a regular IPC grand prix circuit takes off.
‘It’s another step forward in the evolution of Paralympic sport but these things take time,’ she added.
‘A lot of people want it now on the back of London but the Paralympics is still a new movement and it’s good to realise that it takes time to get these things done right.’
Reid is preparing for the indoor season but her main goal is the outdoor world championships in Lyon this summer.
She said: ‘Brent and I have both decided we will go on to Rio [the 2016 Paralympics] but that will probably be our last one.
‘There are girls coming up who want to take my place.’
Courtesy of Metro