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Jordan Mouton

Jordan Mouton

Brazilian Paralympic Committee Attends Reatech

The Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) will attend the 11th edition of the International Fair of Technologies in Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Accessibility, Reatech at the Immigrants Convention Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 12-15 April.

the Brazilian Paralympic Committee's stand Brazilian Paralympic Committee's area during the International Fair of Technologies in Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Accessibility © • Reatech

“We want to take this opportunity to strengthen ties with the Paralympic Movement in general, not just with sports."

With a 234 square metre stand located in the heart of the Convention Centre, the CPB will provide visitors more information about Paralympic sports including Judo, Sitting Volleyball, Football 5-a-side and Goalball. Visitors will get the chance to meet with some of the biggest names in Paralympic Sport in Brazil, including Paralympic and world champion sprinter Terezinha Guilhermina and multiple Paralympic gold medallist in Swimming, Andre Brasil.

Andrew Parsons, President of the CPB, said: "Reatech gives us a great dialogue with various organizations dealing with people with disabilities in Brazil.

“We want to take this opportunity to strengthen ties with the Paralympic Movement in general, not just with sports. Our participation will be intense, with more activities than before. We are in 2012, but already looking forward to the next few years.”

Another attraction of the CPB stand will be the logo of the 2016 Paralympic Games in 3D, the same that was used at the launch ceremony of the Paralympic logo in November 2011.

"Our stand was one of the most popular last year, with people queuing up to learn more about the adapted sports in Brazil. We will have a very visual stand in 2012, aiming at the London Games.

“Interactivity is our main feature. We will have touchscreens within our space. The exterior will be all LED, displaying the event’s programme, as well as pictures and videos of athletes,” Parsons said.

In addition, the Wheelchair Fencing Brazilian Cup will be held during Reatech, and promises to be one of the highlights of the fair. Amongst the athletes confirmed to take part in the competition is Jovane Guissone, who, at the end of January, won an unprecedented silver medal for Brazil during the World Cup in Germany.

The Fair is the largest one of its kind in Latin America, with 300 exhibitors. About 50,000 people are expected during the four days event, which also takes place in India, Russia, Italy and China.

ParalympicsGB Selects Band of Brothers

Three sets of brothers were amongst 20 athletes to be selected to represent ParalympicsGB in Boccia, Judo and Powerlifting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Person playing Boccia Stephen McGuire and his brother Peter have both been selected to represent ParalympicsGB © • GBBoccia

“The results at these major events are real indicator of the potential of the team to succeed in London.”

The British Paralympic Association announced the names of nine boccia players, five judoka and six powerlifters on Wednesday (11 April) who will represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The line-up included the Ingram and Powell brothers in Judo and the Macguire brothers in Boccia.

Sam Ingram won Paralympic bronze in Beijing which spurred on his brother Joe to return to the sport. Meanwhile brothers Dan and Marc Powell have both been selected for their first Games, but are no strangers to the Paralympics as their father Terry Powell competed in both Seoul and Atlanta. The squad is completed by Ben Quilter, current European and World Champion in the -60kg category.

“All players have worked tremendously hard to gain selection to London 2012 and have amassed a fantastic haul of medals on the World and European stage during the qualification period,” said Dave Sanders, Team Leader for Judo.

“The results at these major events are real indicator of the potential of the team to succeed in London.”

The Boccia brothers of Peter and Stephen McGuire will compete in the BC3 and BC4 events, and are part of a nine-strong squad that includes reigning Paralympic gold medallists in the BC1/BC2 Team event Nigel Murray, David Smith, Dan Bentley and Zoe Robinson. Jessica Hunter, Scott McCowan and Jacob Thomas were also selected.

“GB Boccia is very confident that the selected athletes will do ParalympicsGB proud in London,” said Matt Hammond, Team Leader for GB Boccia.

“With GB ranked in the World top three in five of the seven events and with rapidly developing athletes in the BC3 class we should be competitive across the board.”

Since 2008, GB Boccia has focussed on consolidating strong performances in Beijing in the BC1 and BC2 categories while also extending the squad to include top BC3 and BC4 athletes. BC4 is for athletes that have impairments other than cerebral palsy and BC3 is for athletes who use a ramp to play the sport.

Part of this recruitment has been done through the joint UK Sport and British Paralympic Association talent search, Paralympic Potential, which was launched in 2009 and identified Jessica Hunter and Jacob Thomas, who both then went through the GB Boccia Fast Track programme.

In Powerlifting, the six-strong squad includes world record holder Anthony Peddle, who is selected for his seventh Paralympic Games.

The Powerlifting team has also been consolidating their squad since Beijing, and powerlifters have attended all three of the BPA preparation camps at the University of Bath as part of developing their athletes for London 2012.

“We are delighted that all four athletes who represented Great Britain in Beijing have qualified for London 2012 in addition to one or two new athletes,” said Fiona Lothian, Team Leader for British Weightlifting.

“Our experience of the BPA preparation camps has convinced us that this will be the best place to put the finishing touches to our Games preparation. With the home crowd behind us I am convinced we can build on our recent performances to deliver good results in London.”

Today’s announcement brings the current total of ParalympicsGB athletes for London 2012 to 80 – nearly a third of the anticipated eventual team size.

The full list of athletes is:

Judo

Sam Ingram

Joe Ingram

Dan Powell

Marc Powell

Ben Quilter

Boccia

Dan Bentley

Jessica Hunter

Scott McCowan

Peter McGuire

Stephen McGuire

Nigel Murray

Zoe Robinson

David Smith

Jacob Thomas

Powerlifting

Natalie Blake

Paul Efayena

Jason Irving

Ali Jawad

Zoe Newson

Anthony Peddle

Judo at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

www.london2012.com © •

Judo contests last five minutes, with scores awarded for different throws and holds. However, a contest ends immediately if a competitor is awarded ‘ippon’ – the maximum score. If the scores are tied after five minutes, the contest enters a golden score period, when the first score of any sort wins. At the Paralympic Games, the main difference from other top-level Judo competition is that judoka (athletes), who all have visual impairments, are allowed to have contact with their opponent before each contest begins.

All of the Judo events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be played in a knockout format with double repechage, and will end with two finalists going head to head in the gold medal contest. Athletes who have previously been defeated by these two finalists will compete in repechage contests, with the winners of the repechage table finals fighting the losers from the opposite tables for the two bronze medals.

Judo Women's up to 70kg Gold Medal Contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Maria del Carmen Herrera from Spain wins the Gold Medal against Lenia Ruvalcaba from Mexico © •

Maria del Carmen Herrera from Spain wins the Gold Medal against Lenia Ruvalcaba from Mexico

Judo Men's over 100kg Gold Medal contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Azerbaijan's Ilham Zakiyev beats China's Song Wang and wins the gold medal © •

Azerbaijan's Ilham Zakiyev beats China's Song Wang and wins the gold medal

Judo Men's up to 100kg Gold Medal Contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Brazil's Antonio Tenorio Silva wins the gold medal, Azerbaijan's Karim Sardarov wins silver © •

Brazil's Antonio Tenorio Silva wins the gold medal, Azerbaijan's Karim Sardarov wins silver

Judo Men's up to 90kg Gold Medal Contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Russia's Oleg Kretsul beats Azerbaijan's Tofig Mammadov and wins Paralympic Gold © •

Russia's Oleg Kretsul beats Azerbaijan's Tofig Mammadov and wins Paralympic Gold

Judo Men's 60kg Gold Medal Contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Algeria's Mouloud Noura wins the Gold Medal against Saeed Rahmati from Iran © •

Algeria's Mouloud Noura wins the Gold Medal against Saeed Rahmati from Iran

Judo Men's 66kg Gold Medal Contest - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Algeria's Sidali Lamri beats Satoshi Fujimoto from Japan and wins gold © •

Algeria's Sidali Lamri beats Satoshi Fujimoto from Japan and wins gold