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Paralympic sports - 06. October 2008.

The search is one for the next Paralympic gold medallist


Inspired by ParalympicsGB’s performance in Beijing? Think you have what it takes to be an elite athlete? With Britain’s successful Paralympic team now back from the Beijing Games with an impressive haul of 42 gold medals, attention has now turned to London 2012 and the search for the next generation of Paralympic stars.


ParalympicsGB, in conjunction with GLL and Tower Hamlets Council, has organised a Paralympic Talent Day on October 15 at Mile End Leisure Centre, in order to identify and nurture new talent to ensure Britain stays one of the leading nations in the world of Paralympic sport.



This is the fourth in the series of such events, which will involve almost all the Paralympic sports trialling and testing individuals to identify talented individuals who can be fast-tracked onto a sporting pathway and who could potentially represent Britain at future Paralympic Games, including in London in 2012.


ParalympicsGB are looking for people aged between 13 and 35 who are physically active, have the desire to win and have one of the following disabilities - cerebral palsy, visually impairment, spinal cord injury, amputations or dwarfism. Aspiring athletes who meet these criteria and think they have what it takes to be a Paralympian should pre-register to attend the day.


Talent Pathways Officer at ParalympicsGB, Tabo Huntley, said: “This is the fourth Paralympic Talent Day that we have run and every one so far has grown in popularity and success, with a number of athletes who have great potential already being identified. We’ve already had a high number of people already register to attend this day but we’ve still got room for me to attend.


“I’m extremely grateful to GLL and Tower Hamlets Council for their support and assistance in organising this event, which I hope will be a great opportunity for disabled people in the area – who live close to venues for the 2012 Paralympic Games - to have a go at Paralympic sports and who knows one of them could be good enough to represent Britain at the Games in 2012.”


Peter Bundey, Deputy Managing Director at GLL, said: “As the UK’s leading not for profit leisure trust, we are delighted to be supporting this excellent Paralympic initiative.  GLL is committed to promoting inclusive sport within London and this programme fits well with our efforts to grown sport participation and assist preparations for sporting success in 2012.”

Councillor Rofique U Ahmed, Lead Member for Culture, Tower Hamlets Council, said: “Tower Hamlets is full of talented athletes and this is a chance for our disabled sportsmen and women to discover their Paralympic potential.

“We want to see athletes from Tower Hamlets competing in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and this event is a great place to start.”

Attendance at the day is by pre-arrangement only 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 return to Tabo Huntley. Alternatively for more information email tabo.huntley@paralympics.org.uk

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