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Got what it takes for Rio 2016? Paralympic Potential initiative seeking new talent

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:14

Got what it takes for Rio 2016? Paralympic Potential initiative seeking new talent

Future Paralympic stars will have the chance to be fast-tracked on the road to Rio 2016 thanks to an exciting new initiative.

A partnership between UK Sport, The English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has launched Paralympic Potential: Bring on Brazil - the first Paralympic talent identification initiative since London 2012.

Competition is intense in Paralympic sport and the search is now on for new talent to prove
they have "got what it takes for Rio", to ensure continued success for ParalympicsGB after the team won a superb 120 medals at London 2012.

Paralympic Potential: Bring on Brazil is seeking disabled athletes aged between 16-35 years old with the drive to compete and win at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. The programme will be run by the UK Talent Team, with support from the BPA.

The UK Talent Team is a collaboration between UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS). It supports World Class Programmes to identify and develop talented athletes.

Since 2007, the UK Talent Team have worked in partnership with 20 Olympic and Paralympic sports and over 100 World Class coaches and run eight national athlete recruitment campaigns assessing more than 7,000 athletes.

These projects have been highly successful and resulted in more than 100 athletes being selected by sports for the World Class Performance Programme with a total of 102 international medals won.

Athletes wishing to prove they have "got what it takes for Rio" can sign-up for at: www.paralympics.org.uk/potential with assessment days planned in June and July.

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