Rio 2016Olympic & Paralympic Games


13 May 2016

Four Loughborough Athletes selected for the Paralympic Games

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced the 12 athletes who have been selected to compete in the women’s wheelchair basketball team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Amongst the 12 athletes selected, Amy Conroy is a current Loughborough University Student studying Social Psychology, who has taken a one-year sabbatical from her studies to focus on the Paralympic Games. Loughborough University have supported her with a Sports Scholarship and also allowed her to take the year out, enabling her to fully commit to her training whilst still obtaining a great degree in the process.

There Loughborough alumni, Clare Griffiths (nee Strange), Jude Hamer and Laurie Williams have also been selected as part of the squad. Griffiths, or Strange as she was whilst a student at Loughborough, will be competing in her fifth Games.

The BPA has additionally announced the Wheelchair Rugby squad for Rio, who often utilise Loughborough’s fantastic facilities in the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). The athletes attend the Peter Harrison Centre within the NCSEM at least once a year to undertake their physical testing, with some of the athletes also assisting with research projects at the University.

Of her selection, Griffiths said:

“Rio 2016 will be my fifth Paralympic Games but I never get tired of hearing the news that I have made a Paralympic team. I got really quite emotional when I found out I’d made the team, it is just so exciting.

“To compete at this level for your country is something that so few athletes get to do, and to know that you are one of those who will be getting on that flight and pulling on the coveted Paralympics GB team top is an absolute honour. I can’t put it into words and I can’t wait to get out there and compete.”

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