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Paralympic sports - 19. June 2008.

ParalympicsGB name archery squad for Beijing Paralympics

ParalympicsGB has today named the 11 archers set to represent Britain at this summer’s Paralympic Games in Beijing.

The 11-strong squad includes multi-Paralympic Games medallist Kathy Critchlow-Smith, who returns to the ParalympicsGB team for her fifth Games.

Fifty-nine year-old Smith, who has only not medalled at one of her five previous Games – Barcelona in 1992 when she made her Paralympic debut, said: "Qualifying for Beijing has been my goal this year and I am absolutely delighted to be going."

Also named are Female Paralympic Games debutants  Danielle Brown (Skipton), Pippa Britton (Newport, South Wales), Lynne Burton (Chelmsford), Mel Clarke (Norwich) and Kay Lucas (Ludlow).

Brown, who won two gold medals at the IPC Archery World Championships in Korea in 2007 is the youngest member of the squad at just 20

Head Coach and Archery Team Manager Tim Hazell, said: "This is a very strong squad we are sending out and I have no doubt that we will be bringing home some medals. I am delighted for all the archers who have made the squad, they are all there on merit and they will do us all proud."

ParalympicsGB Chief Executive and Chef De Mission for the Beijing Games, Phil Lane said: “It’s fantastic to see so many archers qualify for the ParalympicsGB team for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. With the inclusion of the compound bow for the first time, ParalympicsGB have the opportunity to bring home more medals.

“To represent your country at a Paralympic Games is a tremendous achievement and I would like to congratulate all these athletes on their selection and welcome them to the ParalympicsGB team.”

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games opens on September 6 and closes on September 17. The archery events at the Games take place at the Olympic Green Archery Field and will run from September 9 to 15.

At the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games Britain finished second in the medal table with a total of 35 golds, 30 silver and 29 bronze medals. With competitive standards continually rising and the dominant Chinese team taking the home advantage ParalympicsGB recognises that the 2008 Paralympics will be one of its biggest challenges yet.

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