Over 20 Paralympians have confirmed their attendance at the inaugural ParalympicsGB Sports Fest, which will be held on December 3 and 4.
In addition to ambassadors Jonnie Peacock, Natasha Baker and Mark Colbourne, a further 17 Paralympians who competed at London 2012 have already confirmed they will be present to sign autographs, help with sports demonstrations and inspire attendees, and the number is set to continue to grow with more athletes signing up each day.
Table Tennis silver medallist Will Bayley is one athlete confirmed as attending.
Bayley lent his support to the day, saying: “The Sports Fest will be amazing. Everyone who likes sport should get involved and enjoy a great day out.”
Meanwhile Judo bronze medallist Ben Quilter will be one of three athletes from his sport present at the Festival.
“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 is one of several athletes, including Jonnie Peacock and Adam Knott, in attendance at the Sports Fest who was identified by the BPA at a Paralympic Potential Day.
As a result, he is particularly supportive of the event and is keen to encourage people to register: “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!”
Also among the medallists attending are: 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.
Of the athletes attending, the following will only be present on one day: Natasha Baker, Helen Turner, Clare Strange (Monday only); Matt Skelhon, Will Bayley, Ross Wilson, Jonnie Peacock, Mark Colbourne (Tuesday only).
Anyone interested in attending can register via the ParalympicsGB website: www.paralympics.org.uk/sportsfest