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Paralympic sports - 30. August 2008.

Britain's Paralympians begin final preparations for Beijing Games

At the 2004 Paralympic Games Britain finished just behind China in the swimming medal table and for the returning Paralympians they will be aiming to go one better this time around.

For 45% of the squad this will be their first Paralympic Games and they will be looking to step up and show what they can do on a world stage.

As the 35-strong squad put the final touches to their preparations they will also be acclimatising to the Asian environment and recovering from travelling across eight time zones.
The team arrived at their base on Saturday but many of the team had experiences of Macau and its venues after attending a pre-competition camp last year.

National Performance Director Tim Reddish believes that the strategy the National Governing Body has in place will help the athletes deal with transition well.

"The team has now arrived in Macau for the final preparation phase leading into the Beijing Paralympic Games," Reddish said. "The Hotel and sports facilities are World Class and provide the right environment for us to implement the acclimatisation strategy that we have in place. 

"Most athletes and staff have attended this venue at least once before so everyone is relaxed and focused upon this final preparation phase.

"The team transfer to the Paralympic Village on 2nd September with the first day of competition on the 7th September."
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