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BPA hold London 2012 Games debrief to learn from experience

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on 06-11-2012 18:50

Team leaders, sports science and medicine practitioners and BPA core staff gathered today, Tuesday November 6, to review the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The afternoon was dedicated to reviewing the successes and the challenges involved in the the planning and delivery of the British team at London 2012, and analysing how plans and implementation can be improved over the next four year cycle to the next summer Games in Rio in 2016.

It was the culmination of the London cycle for all at ParalympicsGB, who were supported through a staff development programme designed to ensure that the support staff, as well as the athletes, went into London best-prepared.

"It has been a great afternoon", said Penny Briscoe, Performance Director for the BPA.

"Whilst we wanted to celebrate a fantastic performance of the ParalympicsGB team and thank those involved, it is also important that we gather together our collective thoughts and feedback on what worked and what we can improve on while it is still fresh in our minds. Ultimately our thoughts have already turned to Rio in four year's time and we are keen to ensure we use all of our leanings from these Games to take the best possible team, including support staff, to the next summer Games."

"Ultimately our thoughts have already turned to Rio in four year's time and we are keen to ensure we use all of our leanings from these Games to take the best possible team, including support staff, to the next summer Games."Penny Briscoe

Mike Cavendish, Team Leader for Athletics, was pleased with the experience.

"It was a good opportunity to come back and say thank you to the team that supported us during the Games as well as to learn from other sports and their experiences. It's also acted as a good end-note to our London 2012, and to mark a point where we start looking forward to Rio as it's very easy to keep looking back. Overall it's been valuable."

"It's also acted as a good end-note to our London 2012, and to mark a point where we start looking forward to Rio as it's very easy to keep looking back. Overall it's been valuable."Mike Cavendish

Dawn Newbury, Team Leader for Goalball, agreed.

"It's always invaluable to take time to look back on the experience when it's still very raw. It gives a true reflection on London and helps us to consider what we will carry forward. We can now draw a line and look forward to Rio. "A review is done better collectively as we can draw clear learnings from a multi-sport approach to draw a better picture of what lies ahead."

"A review is done better collectively as we can draw clear learnings from a multi-sport approach to draw a better picture of what lies ahead."Dawn Newbury

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