The GB Team is gearing up for the Inas Open European Athletics
Championships which is an International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
sanctioned event and takes place in the Netherlands from 11 – 15th
GB Athletes will want to deliver world-class performances, in what
will be a very competitive field of athletes from across Europe,
featuring 19 countries and 152 athletes. The stakes couldn’t be any
higher, as performances at these Championships will count towards
potential selection to compete at the 2015 Inas Global Games and for
some the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The Team competing at the championships was selected by the UK
Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA) and is
made up of a total of nine athletes from across the UK. Athletes with
learning disability are classified as T20 for track events and F20 for
Team member Chloe Knight said: “I am delighted to have been chosen
as part of the GB Team. It’s such a great opportunity to be competing
in these International Championships, I have put in the training and
hard work and it is fantastic to see that it has paid off.’
Team member Marcel Hodge said: “As the current 100m and 200m
European champion, I’m really hoping I can retain my titles, and it
would be awesome to win the relay too! It’s always an honour for me to
represent GB, not many people can say they’ve done that!”
The Team is led by Team Manager and Head Coach Paul Burns
(Barrow-in-Furness), along with GB Coaches Christine Galloway (Halifax)
and Tommy Patterson (Glasgow) who has been chosen to take part in the
Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay. The GB physiotherapist is Nicola
Executive at the UK Sports Association, Tracey McCillen said:
“Great Britain is fielding a powerful team of talented athletes who are
all focussed on reaching the podium. The GB Team is ready for success at the Championships,
the Team has demonstrated their ability to deliver on a national and
international scale with some exceptional results. Expectations are high as they take their
place amongst the world’s best. I wish all the GB Team the best
The 2014 Inas Open European Athletics Championships will take place
on Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands from the 11 - 15th June 2014. The
three-day competition has a full medal events schedule.
UKSA promotes, facilitates and supports talented athletes with
learning disability in the UK to train, compete and excel in national
and international competitive sport.
UKSA manages the eligibility and classification process for UK athletes with learning disability. The Great Britain Team is managed by UKSA in collaboration with its four Home Country members, Scottish Disability Sport, Disability Sports Northern Ireland, Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability and Mencap Sport in England.
UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability.
The above information was received on 3rd of June 2014.
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