The applicants were from the Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential campaign, which was a joint initiative between ParalympicsGB, UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport.
ParalympicsGB came to Brunel University for a talent day last year. It has
held several “talent ID“ days previously, and they have proved successful so far, with between 40-50 per cent of attendees having been selected. Several were already excelling in their sports.
Professor Ian Campbell, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Brunel University, said the university was delighted to have been selected again to host this event. “We value our close working relationship with ParalympicsGB and are pleased the day was such a success, allowing potential paralympians of the future to be identified, as well as making the most of our world-class sports facilities“.
Participants tried out several summer Paralympic sports. Judith Hamer, a women's wheelchair basketball player who was identified at a talent day and has gone on to represent Great Britain, was present.
“Talent days are really important, both for sports and for athletes, as it gives everyone the chance to find the talent that is out there. Here people can try several sports in one place, which is important,“ she said.
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane said: “Today has been a good day and there has been a great turn-out. I hope everyone here has enjoyed themselves.“
Judith added: “It's nice to see so many people who are eager to get into sport.“
The talent days are supported by Cadbury who provided employee volunteers at the event.
Anyone interested in attending a future talent day should look out for future announcements on the ParalympicsGB website. http://www.paralympics.org.uk/
Notes for Editors
ParalympicsGB are the charity responsible for selecting, entering, managing and funding the British team at the summer and winter Paralympic Games.
At the Beijing Paralympic Games, ParalympicsGB finished second in the medal table behind hosts China with 102 medals, 42 of which were Gold.
55 per cent of GB athletes were first time Paralympians in Beijing; of these, 33 per cent won medals.
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