The British Paralympic Association (BPA) will run a second Paralympic Inspiration Programme in Sochi 2014, following on from the successful programme run in London, thanks to funding provided by the UPS Foundation.
Taking place at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, the second Paralympic Inspiration Programme will provide nine talented future Paralympians and staff with the opportunity to experience the Games before they attend as a competitor or staff member.
Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB Penny Briscoe said: “We know that the Paralympic Inspiration Programme is a valuable tool for us in supporting athletes and sports to develop into Paralympians. The UPS Foundation recognises the importance of supporting developing athletes and we could not have run this programme in Sochi without their assistance.”
Alan Williams, Region Strategy Manager for UPS, who was responsible for overseeing operations during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said, “We are delighted to support the BPA’s Paralympic Inspiration Programme. Through their Paralympic Inspiration Programme, the BPA provides an invaluable opportunity for athletes to understand what it takes to be a Paralympian. The initiative is essential to providing athletes with the motivation to make the vital next step to Paralympic selection.”
As part of the programme, the next generation of Paralympic athletes will gain an understanding of the scale and intensity of the Games before they reach the starting line.
Participants will gain a unique insight into the multisport environment at Games-time, by observing Paralympic competition and visiting the Paralympic Village.
Mick Brennan, an alpine skier who was recently selected to compete for ParalympicsGB in Sochi, was amongst those who participated in a preliminary programme in Vancouver in 2010, which led to the first ever Paralympic Inspiration Programme in London.
Brennan said of his experience: “During the programme I was able to experience other sports and see how they run their disciplines. I came away from the Games not only knowing what to expect four years later but hungrier and more passionate about earning my seat on the plane to Russia. In the years that followed, I needed only to remember how I felt during that period to reignite my motivation when times were hard.”
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games begin on March 7, 2014.
Those participating in Paralympic Inspiration Programme are:
Benjamin Millard (Somerset)
Chris Lloyd (Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales)
Hugh Nibloe (Wigtownshire, Scotland)
Debbie McKenna (Clackmannanshire, Scotland)
Bryan Hackworth (South Yorkshire)
Tyler Christopher (Hampshire)
Rachel Easton (Staffordshire)
Scott Forrest (South Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Stewart Wright (Hampshire)
The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team. Find out more at www.paralympics.org.uk