Bristol holds welcoming reception for Kenyan Paralympic athletes

Issue date: 15 August 2012

Bristol Kenya Partnership

A squad of 14 athletes and six guide runners is being welcomed to Bristol at a special reception today as the countdown begins to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Kenyan athletes will be based in UWE Bristol's student village for a week in the lead-up to the Paralympic Games which take place from 28 August to 9 September.

The athletes are all track-based runners except for one field event athlete who will be competing at throwing the discus, shot-put and javelin. The squad includes gold and silver medal winners from previous Games, such as Henry Kirwa, a triple gold medallist at the Beijing Games, who won the men's 1500 metres, 5000 metres and 10000 metres events.

The visit has been arranged by the Bristol Kenya Partnership (BKP) with support from UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, WISE SGS College, Bristol City Council and others. They will be training at WISE SGS College's Olympic-standard athletics track while staying at UWE.

Representing the Kenyan High Commission at the reception will be Dr Joe Sang.

UWE deputy Vice-Chancellor John Rushforth said, “It is a great honour to welcome the team from Kenya and we wish them every success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”

The Kenyans will take part in training sessions at SGS College on Saturday 18 and Monday 20 August that are open to the public.

This is the third time the Kenyan Paralympic team has taken part following its debut in the 2004 Athens Paralympics. At Beijing the squad won a total of nine medals - five gold, three silver and one bronze.

The Bristol-Kenya Partnership aims to foster meaningful and lasting sporting, educational, cultural and commercial links between Bristol and Kenya.

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