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GB Paralympic athletes welcomed on campus

Posted on 24/08/2012
Sophie Christiansen

Sophie Christiansen shows off her Paralympic medals during an Olympic Fun Day at Royal Holloway

Reigning Paralympic and World Champion Tom Aggar along with the team of seven other Paralympics GB rowers have taken up residence at Royal Holloway, University of London ahead of the Paralympic Games.

More than 170 athletes and coaches are staying at the Paralympic Village on campus, including athletes from Brazil, China, Estonia, Russia and USA.

The teams are in their final stages of training ahead of the rowing events which will be held at Dorney Lake from August 31 with medals being decided on September 2 in all categories.

Jonathan Main, Head of Premises - Campus Services, said: “The athletes are staying in our student accommodation. The huge benefit that Royal Holloway offered LOCOG was that our accommodation was already suitable for people with disabilities and is of a very high standard. The athletes have settled in now and the Village is covered with team flags.”

Royal Holloway alumna Sophie Christiansen, who studied Mathematics, will be competing for Team GB in the three equestrian dressage disciplines – team, individual and freestyle – at Greenwich Park next week.

Jonathan added: “The College will be eagerly following Sophie and the team GB rowers during the Paralympic Games and will be joining the nation in cheering them on.”

Village Manager, Miriam Luke, said: "The Olympic teams very much enjoyed the welcome and the friendliness of the Rowing and Canoe Sprint Village. We have had many thanks, goodbyes and tearful farewells. This week we welcome the Paralympians from 23 countries. They are settling in and enjoying the superb facilities and ease of accessibility in the accommodation and around the village. A great favourite being the wheel chair buggies or Wuggies."


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