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London Paralympic talent search comes to Brunel

The day will see the successful applicants from the Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential campaign, which was a joint initiative between ParalympicsGB, UK Sport and EIS, put through their paces in a variety of Paralympic sports. The days are designed to identify athletes who could represent Great Britain in 2012 and beyond.

ParalympicsGB have held several talent ID days previously, and they have proven successful so far with between 40-50% of attendees being identified as having talent and several of these individuals already excelling in their sports. ParalympicsGB previously came to Brunel University for a talent day last year.

The day will have a multi-sport structure, enabling attendees to sample several sports and it is expected that a dozen summer Paralympic sports will be represented on the day.

There will be opportunities to interview wheelchair basketball player Judith Hamer, who was identified at a ParalympicsGB talent ID day and has gone on to represent Great Britain. Also available for interview will be ParalympicsGB CEO Phil Lane and ParalympicsGB Director of Performance Penny Briscoe, as well as Paralympic hopefuls.

There will be opportunities to film and photograph Paralympic hopefuls as they try out various sports by prior arrangement with ParalympicsGB.

2012 sponsor Cadbury are supporting the talent day and are supplying employee volunteers on the day.

Who? ParalympicsGB
What? ParalympicsGB talent day
When? Thursday January 28, 2010, from 09.45am
Where? Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
Why? The search is for Paralympians to represent ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Games.

If you would like to attend or for more information please contact Tash Carpenter, ParalympicsGB Press Officer:
E: tash.carpenter@paralympics.org.uk
M: 07766 99 11 52

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 last Beijing Paralympic Games, ParalympicsGB finished second in the medal table behind hosts China with 102 medals, 42 of which were Gold.
55% of GB athletes were first time Paralympians in Beijing
Of these, 33% medalled, which had a huge impact on ParalympicsGB's performance.

Media enquiries to Tash Carpenter: tash.carpenter@paralympics.org.uk or 07766 991 152.

For news updates visit the ParalympicsGB website at www.paralympics.org.uk

Note: ParalympicsGB is the trading name of the British Paralympic Association