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Greenwich Leisure (GLL) hosted a Paralympic talent day for disabled athletes from across London and the south east last month.

Organised by ParalympicsGB, in conjunction with GLL and Tower Hamlets Council, the event aimed to identify individuals who can be fast tracked onto a sporting pathway and potentially represent Britain at future Paralympic Games. Individuals aged between 13 and 35 years old were invited to take part in a series of trials and sporting tests while a number of Beijing Paralympic medal winners - including Jody Cundy, who won two cycling golds; Matt Skelhon, who won Gold in the shooting and Heather Friederiksen who won gold, silver and bronze medals in swimming - also came along to provide support and inspiration.

Peter Bundey, GLL director, said: "Events like this Talent Day are truly inspirational and are a fantastic showcase of the talent, commitment and dedication of Paralympic Athletes, National Governing Bodies, Performance Directors and the British Paralympic Association. "GLL were able to make important contacts from this event to assist us promote inclusive sport within London and we would have no hesitation in supporting such an event in the future. "

Talent Pathways Officer at ParalympicsGB, Tabo Huntley, said: "This is the fourth Paralympic Talent Day that we have run and every one so far has grown in popularity and success, with a number of athletes who have great potential already being identified. "I'm extremely grateful to GLL and Tower Hamlets Council for their support and assistance in organising this event, which has provided a great opportunity for disabled people in the area - who live close to venues for the 2012 Paralympic Games - to have a go at Paralympic sports and who knows one of them could be good enough to represent Britain at the Games in 2012."

Photograph: (from left), Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, Jody Cundy (Beijing gold medallist cycling), Liz Johnson (Beijing gold medallist swimming), Heather Frederiksen (Beijing gold medallist swimming), Peter Bundey, Deputy MD, GLL

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Greenwich Leisure (GLL) hosted a Paralympic talent day for disabled athletes from across London and the south east last month.
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