Lincolnshire’s Champion for the London 2012 Games has praised the support local people and businesses have offered the Egyptian Paralympic Team.
In preparation for the Egyptian Paralympic Team’s Pre-Games Training Camp in Lincolnshire this month,individuals have volunteered their time,leisure facilities are providing sports venues for training and local businesses are donating goods and equipment to support the team.
Councilor Doreen Stephenson,Lincolnshire Champion for the London 2012 Games and Leader of East Lindsey District Council,said:
“It’s fantastic – we are delighted that people across the county have offered so much support to the Egyptian Paralympic Team during their time in Lincolnshire. Whether it’s a local business supplying goods for the team or a physiotherapist volunteering their time to support the athletes the whole county has come together to welcome the team. We want to provide the Egyptian Paralympic Team with a highly professional Pre-Games Training Camp in Lincolnshire, and I’m confident we can achieve this.
“With the Olympic Games well underway and the ambition that the Games will Inspire a Generation, we’re keen for local people to meet the Egyptian Athletes during their time in the county to be inspired and find out more about them. There will be a number of Open Training and Meet and Greet sessions in a range of locations that I hope local people will take up.”
“This is our chance to once again bring the Olympics closers to home.”
The Egyptian Paralympic Team will arrive in Lincolnshireon Saturday 18th August,and will be accommodated at The Holiday Inn Express inLincoln. The team of 40 athletes and 16 support staff will train at three venues across the county; Athletics at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston,Powerlifting at St. Bernard’s School in Louth and Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis at the Sports Centre at the University of Lincoln.
Barrier Healthcare Ltd, Gelder Group and Lincolnshire Coop are three local businesses donating goods or services to support the team. Lincolnshire Coop has donated more than 1,350 bottles of water and cereal bars for the athletes and support staff for the week.
Sam Turner, Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Membership and Community Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the Egyptian Paralympic Team. This summer of sport has really bought the country together and we’re proud to play our part. We hope the team benefit from their Lincolnshire training camp and we wish them the best of luck competing.”
More than 50 people from acrossLincolnshirehave also volunteered their time to support the Egyptian Paralympic Team.UniversityofLincolnstudents,Egyptian families and physiotherapists are among the one hundred plus volunteers who applied to be part of the process.
Lizzie Couling,Workforce Development Manager at Active Lincolnshires Partnership,said:
“We started recruitment for volunteers in June and were thrilled with the response. We have more than 50 individuals volunteering over six days. They will be supporting the training sessions at the venues, showing the teams around the county, translating at various events and accompanying the teams as they visit some of Lincolnshire’s most treasured and iconic landmarks. We hope that many of the volunteers will continue to support sport locally following the training camp.”
Throughout the week,there will be opportunities for local communities to get involved with the Egyptian Paralympic Team. Community training sessions will take place at each of the venues,offering a chance for people to meet the Paralympians and take part in their sport.