Manchester to host GB Para Swimmers 2012 preparations
The city of Manchester has been home to one of British Para Swimming's High Performance Centre's for many years and the partnership agreement with Manchester City Council is now being worked on to ensure Britain's swimmers have all they need before the challenges of 2012.
National Performance Director John Atkinson believes that Manchester will offer his team the optimum environment as they prepare to compete in one of the world's most prestigious events.
"I am delighted that we will be working closely with Manchester City Council in the delivery of our major benchmark competition holding camps for both 2011 and 2012," Atkinson said.
"Being based in Manchester in the lead up to the Paralympic Games will give us great preparation in a world class venue and access to the support services from the EIS that we already access at the High Performance Centre at the Aquatics Centre.
"We have worked with Manchester City Council for a number of years in making sure our athletes have access to anything they could need in their training cycles and I believe this is a great opportunity to continue our already successful partnership."
British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes added: "Manchester is one of our regular training centres for our Disability Swimmers and its support for them through events like the BT Paralympic World Cup, means that it was clearly the right choice for us to prepare our athletes for their biggest test yet as they get ready for London.
"The support we receive from the City and the pool staff is immense and this will ensure the team has the ideal preparation for the Games where we expect to meet our strongest challenge yet from the rest of the World."
Councillor Michael Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure commented: "Manchester is incredibly proud of its long standing support for British Disability Swimming and our ongoing involvement with the BT Paralympic World Cup.
"It will be an honour to host the British Disability Swimming's Paralympic team camp and their decision to be based here once again demonstrates that Manchester has world-class sporting facilities.
"Along with the training camps for the Australian Swim team and Brazilian Paralympic teams this is one more example of how Manchester is playing a leading role in preparations for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics."
Paul Simpson, Managing Director of Visit Manchester, said: "We are delighted to be supporting British Disability Swimming in their preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games. The facilities that we have in Manchester mean we can provide the perfect base, and the fact that we have world class athletes training here provides a focus on both them and us in the run up to the Games. We look forward to welcoming the team and their supporters, as well as fans from across the world, and we wish them every success."
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