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British Paralympic Association hosts first Rio 2016 Team Development Programme at Lilleshall

on 23-10-2015 16:37

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has successfully this week held the first instalment of its Team Development Programme at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.

The programme brings together the core Games-time staff that will pool their expertise in preparation and performance, sport science and medicine, communications and operations to support ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said:

“Rio 2016 will be a very exciting but challenging Games for ParalympicsGB and the past two days have been hugely beneficial for the team behind the team. Not only has it provided the opportunity for really focussed discussion around our Games preparation but it has brought the wider team together to build the foundations for a really cohesive core team at Games time.

“It is our strategic priority to deliver the best prepared team to the Paralympic Games and these sessions are vitally important in supporting that ambition and ensuring that every member of the team understands the demands of the environment." Penny Briscoe

“It is our strategic priority to deliver the best prepared team to the Paralympic Games and these sessions are vitally important in supporting that ambition and ensuring that every member of the team understands the demands of the environment and is working towards the same objectives. 

“I’d also like to thank the staff at Lilleshall National Sports Centre for providing world-class facilities, hosting the team and creating the best possible backdrop for a hugely productive two days.”

Chris Furber, National Performance Director at British Para-Swimming, said:

“With just over 300 days to go to Rio 2016 it’s been really valuable to bring members of the ParalympicsGB team together to discuss key aspects of Games preparation. The sessions were highly informative and provided a good insight into distinct areas of planning which will help to support the performance of our athletes at Games time.”  

Shuna Body, Team Leader for Wheelchair Fencing, said:

“It’s been a really positive two days and sharing other people’s experiences and learning from their examples has been incredibly useful. There’s been such a wide range of experiences from major championships or Paralympic Games here and it’s given us the opportunity to talk through numerous scenarios that we might experience at Games time.” 

A second instalment of the BPA’s Team Development Programme will take place at Lilleshall in spring 2016.

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