ParalympicsGB grapple with China at Beijing 2008
Sod Britain’s Got Talent, we’re bored of Ant and Dec.
Are you disabled? Are you sporty? If so, do you fancy a go at seeing if you’ve got what it takes to compete internationally and bring home the medals in 3 Years Time?
ParalympicsGB, the UK’s team that will represent us at the Paralympic Games in London 2012, is currently scouting for talent. It’s 3 Years To Go until the Paralympics start in London, after the Olympics have finished.
Taking place at Brunel University (West London) on September 29, the day will see attendees put through their paces by top coaches from many of the Paralympic sports to see if they are good enough to be fast tracked onto a sporting pathway. (Which we think is code for ‘and get funding and all sorts of support’).
Cadbury is supporting the event, but we doubt the likelihood that chocolate-scoffing will be made a Paralympic sport (sorry).
On previous days between 40-50% of attendees have been identified as having talent, with some ‘success stories’ already competing at the highest level. Judith Hamer, for example, attended a talent day in Mile End in October last year, and within 6 months represented GB at the BT Paralympic World Cup.
People with all sorts of disabilities compete at the Games – not just people in wheelchairs like Ade Adepitan or amputees like Oscar Pistorius, but also those impairments like a club foob, fused ankles or visual disabilities.
Ant and Dec would be proud.
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