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Paralympian joins search for next hero

A GOLD medal-winning Paralympic swimmer and local school pupils were among the visitors to an event organised to identify the region’s next sporting heroes.

A GOLD medal-winning Paralympic swimmer and local school pupils were among the visitors to an event organised to identify the region’s next sporting heroes.

The special disability talent identification day, organised by CSW Sport in partnership with the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership for the 2012 Games, was held at the University of Warwick last week.

Over 40 young athletes, including pupils from Coleshill School, attended the event, which is part of the Sport England national Playground to Podium scheme.

Six-time Paralympic gold medal winner, Sascha Kindred had been invited to speak at the event last Thursday.

The Hereford-based swimmer said: “The role today’s Paralympians can play in inspiring the next generation is massive.

“But now we see people like Ellie Simmons showing what can be achieved.

“It is motivation for me when I compete, it feels good to know I am giving people a goal, it’s about giving something back.”

Vanessa Brown, CSW Sport Director said it was great to see so many young people participating in the activities.

“We were thrilled to have so many eager young athletes at the event and it looked as though they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” she said.

“There was a lot of talent on display at the event, and who knows, we may have unearthed the region’s next Paralympic heroes.”

 

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