ParalympicsGB to Hold Search for Paralympic Talent

07 Oct 2010 By IPC

ParalympicsGB is encouraging people with a disability to attend the next talent day, to be held in Sheffield, Great Britain, on Wednesday, 10 November 2010.

The talent days are designed to find people to become members of the British Paralympic team: Britain is a leading nation in Paralympic Sport, but in order to maintain this hard-earned status in future Paralympic Games it is crucial to identify potential athletes as soon as possible.

As a result, ParalympicsGB has run talent days since 2007 with the aim of finding people who have the determination and raw talent to be part of the British team at future Paralympic Games.

The talent initiative has proven successful so far: between 40-50% of attendees being identified as having talent and several of these individuals already excelling in their sports. At a previous talent day in Sheffield in January 2009, several athletes were identified as potentially talented. Samantha Scowen was identified as being potentially talented in the sport of rowing and has since become a full member of the GB adaptive rowing squad while Shaun McKeown was identified as talented in cycling and is now training as part of the GB road cycling team.