Libby Clegg, the Paralympic Games hopeful, has urged sports officials to do more to help Scotland's leading athletes or risk an ever-greater exodus over the border.

The Beijing silver medallist has called for greater efforts to develop more disabled sporting icons within the current system.

The 21-year-old, who is registered blind, quit her base at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium two years ago in frustration at the lack of top-class support available on-site. She now trains along side a number of leading Olympic prospects at UK Athletics' centre of excellence in Loughborough, where the facilities including indoor and outdoor tracks as well as sports science and medical teams.

There was, admits Clegg, no option but to relocate to maximise her chances at this summer's games in London. Scotland, she declared, must improve its own options if future generations are to be nurtured.

"If they had a high-performance centre like Loughborough and Lee Valley, it would be better for the athletes," she said. "In Loughborough everyone knows everyone, whether you're an elite podium athlete, right down to the non-funded athletes.

"They're around one other all the time, whereas when I was training in Edinburgh I had a fantastic group, but I didn't get to meet or get involved with any of the other high-performance athletes."

Clegg, who took 100 metres silver in Beijing in 2008, claimed the world title at the same distance last year but will target a sprint double in London. However, she admits to concerns about the potential lack of Scottish representation in the British Paralympic team.

Last year, a total of £553,325 was provided in funding to Scottish Disability Sport, an umbrella organisation that co-ordinates coaching and support. More can and must be done, she insists, to develop genuine elite performers.

"There's something missing," Clegg claimed. "I don't know where it's going wrong. I don't know how well paralympic athletes are encouraged in Scotland but there do seem to be more coming through in England. There seems to be more of a support network there.

"Scottish Disability Sport has done a good job of bringing athletes through, but we need more."

The Borders-raised sprinter has garnered extra backing from property agency ESPC, which will aid her quest for gold in August.

"It's exciting having a home games, especially when the Paralympics will have more profile," she said. "But the pressure has started already."