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Paralympic sports - 19. April 2009.

Manchester selected as next venue for Paralympic talent search


ParalympicsGB is pleased to announce that the next Paralympic Talent Day, the sixth of its kind, will be held in Manchester on June 4, 2009.


The day will be held at Sportcity and will enable people with a disability to try numerous Paralympic sports. Representatives from the sports will also test individuals to identify any potential talent which could be fast-tracked onto a sporting pathway.


The aim of the talent search is to identify and nurture new talent that could potentially represent Great Britain at future Paralympic Games, including London 2012, and help to ensure that Britain stays one of the leading nations in the world of Paralympic sport.


The chosen date follows the BT Paralympic World Cup (20-25 May), and it is hoped that people with a disability in the Manchester area will be inspired by the event to come to the talent day or take up disability sport.


Talent Pathways Officer at ParalympicsGB, Tabo Huntley, said: “This is the sixth Paralympic Talent Day that we have run and every one so far has grown in popularity and success. A number of athletes who have great potential have already been identified. We have seen between 40 and 50% of attendees on each day assessed as having talent, and the sports have then worked with those individuals to see if they have what it takes to become a Paralympian.


“I’m extremely grateful to Manchester City Council, BT and Northwest Development Agency for their support and assistance in organising this event, which I hope will be a great opportunity for disabled people in the area to have a go at Paralympic sports.


“The talent days are a fantastic opportunity for us to identify talent to complement our existing group of talented sportsmen and women - it doesn’t matter if you’ve never played these sports before, because we are looking for general sporting ability and a desire to win.”


ParalympicsGB are looking for people aged between 13 and 35 who are physically active and have the desire to win from one of the following disability groups - cerebral palsy, visually impaired, spinal cord injuries, amputees or dwarfism. Aspiring athletes who meet these criteria and think they have what it takes to be a Paralympian should pre-register at www.paralympics.org.uk/talent to attend the day.


Attendance at the day is by pre-arrangement so anyone interested in attending the event will be required to fill out a talent questionnaire - downloadable in the Talent ID section of the ParalympicsGB website – www.paralympics.org.uk/talent - and submit at talentscreening@paralympics.org.uk

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