PNG Picks Stoke Mandeville Stadium Ahead of London 2012 Paralympics Games

25 Nov 2010 By IPC

Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympics, is pleased to welcome the Papua New Guinea Paralympic Committee in the run up to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Dr Kefu Ma, Chef de Mission of the Papua New Guinea Paralympic Committee visited the South East region to view the pre-Games training facilities on offer and confirmed that the team will use Stoke Mandeville Stadium and Sevenoaks School in Kent as their training facility to prepare.

Ian Seabrook, Business Development Manager for Stoke Mandeville Stadium commented: “It is an honour to welcome the Papua New Guinea athletes to Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Over the last 12 months we have been working with our partners; Bucks 2012 Group and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), to promote our region to international Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s as a suitable pre-2012 training camp venue. Papua New Guinea will be one of many teams visiting our facilities to train and prepare for 2012.”

Dr Kefu Ma added: “I’ve really enjoyed visiting the South East region, especially Stoke Mandeville, which is well known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Paralympics. I was very impressed with the quality of sporting facilities here in the UK and enjoyed warm hospitality throughout my visit. I am particularly pleased that I was able to come to the spiritual home of the Paralympics on 16 September, the national day of Papua New Guinea."

The Papua New Guinea Paralympic team will start their pre-Games training at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in the near future.