More London 2012 stars sign up to ParalympicsGB Sports Fest

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
By Tom Degun

Will BayleyNovember 20 - More than 20 Paralympians who starred at London 2012 this summer, including table tennis player Will Bayley (pictured), have now confirmed their attendance at the inaugural ParalympicsGB Sports Fest which will be held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on December 3 and 4.

Bayley, who won a silver medal at London 2012, is one of 17 Paralympians who have followed sprinter Jonnie Peacock, cyclist Mark Colbourne and equestrian rider Natasha Baker in confirming their participation at the event in Guildford where they will be signing autographs, helping with sports demonstrations and inspiring attendees.

"The Sports Fest will be amazing," said Bayley.

"Everyone who likes sport should get involved and enjoy a great day out."

Another of the athletes to have confirmed their attendance is visually judoka Ben Quilter, who won a bronze medal at the Paralympics.

"The Sports Fest is a great idea because it provides a chance for lots of people to find out about lots of sports and opportunities under one roof," said Quilter.

"I'm really supportive of it and I know it's going to be fun for everyone who comes along."

Wheelchair fencer Craig McCann, who was identified by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) at a Paralympic Potential Day, is another who will be attending.

"My life changed for the better after discovering disability sport", he said.

"Come along to Sports Fest and who knows what you might discover for yourself."

Jonnie Peacok with flag after winning London 2012
Jonnie Peacock, who won the men’s 100 metre T44 gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, is set to be one of the main attractions at the ParalympicsGB Sports Fest

The majority of the 17 athletes that have just signed up to attended all medalled at London 2012 including shooting silver medallist Matt Skelhon, powerlifting bronze medallist Zoe Newson, table tennis bronze medallist Ross Wilson, shooting bronze medallist James Bevis and wheelchair tennis bronze medallist Jordanne Whiley.

In addition, wheelchair rugby players Kylie Grimes and Ross Morrison, wheelchair fencer Craig McCann and goalball player Adam Knott will represent their sports.

Also confirmed to be in attendance will be judo brothers Marc and Dan Powell, powerlifter Ali Jawad, wheelchair basketballers Clare Strange and Helen Turner and wheelchair tennis player Marc McCarroll.

The number of ParalympicsGB athletes attending is set to continue to grow with more signing up each day.

Anyone interested in attending can register via the ParalympicsGB website by clicking here.

Contact the writer of this story at tom.degun@insidethegames.biz


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