Paralympic glory days return to Olympic Park next month

Amy Marren: balancing sport and studies

Amy Marren: balancing sport and studies

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FOR the first time since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, international swimmers will compete in the London Aquatics Centre as part of National Paralympic Day on Saturday, August 30.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, a day of celebrations is taking place across the country, including a free family festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, showcasing the very best in disability sports.

Attending the launch was disability swimmer Amy Marren, a Team GB Paralympic swimmer, who plans to relive some of her happiest memories in the Olympic Park.

“I think National Paralympics Day is a great event because not only does it raise the profile of the Paralympics, which has come a long, long way since London 2012, but it also gives people an opportunity to meet their role models and heroes,” said Amy.

“It’s probably one of my favourite events of the year. You can meet the athletes, take part in the give-it-a-go sessions and it’s just a great day to get an understanding of what Paralympic sport is and what we try to promote, which is that there is no boundaries for disability athletes.

“You can do anything if you put your mind to it.

After locking herself away for GCSE revision, Marren insists she is ready to blow away the cobwebs in style at next month’s European Championships.

At 15, Marren has the difficult job of balancing her blossoming swimming career with her studies.

Exactly two years to the day since Great Britain won its first medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, sporting superstars, including 10 Paralympics GB medallists, will return to the water at the London Aquatics Centre for two thrilling sessions of racing.

Also set to excite spectators will be the stars of Boccia, Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball.

National Paralympic Day will be celebrated on Saturday, August 30 with a day of Paralympic sport and disability arts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To buy tickets for the Paralympic sport, log on to www.axs.com/national-paralympic-day. #NPD2014 is supported by Spirit of 2012.

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