December 25 - The World Speed Press Championships being held in Crawley on Sunday will be raising money for Paralympics GB, to help send competitors to Vancouver 2010 and aid preparations for London 2012.

The competitors will include Adam Walker, formerly one of Britain's most promising pole vaulters until an injury ended his career in August 2008, who is now a member of the British sitting volleyball squad aiming to take part in the next World Championships for disabled athletes to be staged at Oaklahoma in the United States in July 2010.

He is hoping to break the world speed press record of 123 having achieved more than 100 in practice.

Walker said: "My attempt at the world speed press record will be a lot of fun and I would like as many people as possible to come and cheer us on.

"We are aiming to raise as much money as possible for Paralympics GB because we have to raise the funds ourselves to travel.

"Volleyball is not a widely played sport in Britain although it is popular around the world and we are hoping for a wild card [for the World Championships]."

Walker only took up volleyball in October after his doctor told him he would never recover from the dislocated knee-cap and torn knee-ligaments he suffered while attempting a vault at Eton 16 months ago.

He said:" I've been looking for something I can do, sports-wise.

"So in October this year I went to a Paralympics Open Day at Brunel University, and asked them if they would have a look at me.

"There was a group of us there, they told us to adopt an open mind and then got us to try out a load of different sports.

"They were looking to see what we would qualify for, disability-wise, and what we had a talent for.

"A couple of us went through the sports well and the organisers invited us back."

He was fast-tracked in Britain's volleyball squad.

Walker (pictured left) said: "After a few training sessions, I got included in the 20-man squad that met at the national volleyball centre in Kettering.

"That gets narrowed down to the final 12 man team, which is what I'm aiming for in the run up to 2012."

Contestants at the World Speed Press Championships are to compete for the title of world champion at men's, women's, under-18s and over-50s categories.

The competition at the LB1 will take place from 2pm to 6pm and anyone is welcome to go along to either watch or take part.

A video of the attempt is being filmed and will be sent to the judges for assessment for a possible entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

Anyone wanting to sponsor the record attempt should e-mail [email protected] and ask for a sponsor form.