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1,000 Olympian and Paralympian hopefuls choose North as training venue for 2012

31 May, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sports Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín today announced three more Paralympic teams will be training in Ireland ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Wheelchair Fencing teams from Hungary, Russia and Britain will train at the University of Ulster from 26 June - 3 July. This brings the total number of Olympians and Paralympians who have chosen to train at Irish venues ahead of the London Games to 1,000 competitors.

Speaking at the announcement in Parliament Buildings, the Sports Minister said: "I am pleased three more teams have chosen Irish venues for their training in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Wheelchair Fencing is still a developmental sport here so our Fencing Academy at the University of Ulster will not only provide the teams from Hungary, Russia and Britain with a superb environment to train. Our own athletes, coaches and junior squads will also benefit from seeing the best in the world on our doorstep.

“With nine pre-Games Olympic and Paralympic training camps confirmed, including the Cuban Olympic boxers and the Irish Paralympians, we have exceeded expectations. With only days to go until the Olympic flame arrives and travels throughout Ireland, excitement is building in relation to the 2012 Olympics. I am glad we have been able to play our part in one of the largest global sporting events.”

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