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29 May 2012 | PR 12/96

Loughborough to host interactive Paralympic event at Stoke Mandeville


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Researchers from Loughborough University’s Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport are hoping to give the public a rare insight into the life of a Paralympic athlete at a special event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium next month.

Visitors can gain behind the scenes knowledge and try out a range of wheelchair activities at the free Pushing to London 2012 event, which takes place on Wednesday 13 June from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Pushing to London 2012 will give visitors the chance to learn new wheelchair handling skills, discuss healthy eating habits, learn about the benefits of physical activity, and have a go at wheelchair basketball under the watchful eye of a GB player. 

The event will also give visitors the opportunity to find out about Loughborough’s latest research in this area and the sports science supporting Britain’s Paralympic athletes.

There are an estimated 10 million people with a physical disability in Britain. Over four million of these people are under state pension age and around 700,000 are children.

Recent Sport England figures show only 6% of people with a disability regularly take part in sport, compared to 18% of able bodied people. Organisers are hoping to use interest in the London 2012 Paralympic Games to help increase this figure.
Loughborough University’s Dr Vicky Tolfrey explains:

“We hope this event will not only give visitors an insight into the life of a Paralympic athlete, but will also encourage them to take up a new sport or increase their physical activity levels.” 

The event is open to all, with people welcome to turn up on the night. However, visitors that preregister via www.eventbrite.co.uk (search for “Pushing to London 2012) can secure a special goody bag.
For more information email phc@lboro.ac.uk, call 01509 226 387 or visit www.peterharrisoncentre.org.uk/events 

The event has been made possible thanks to funding from Podium’s Knowing Sport programme which forms part of the International Convention for Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS 2012).


For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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