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Partners come together for Paralympic Performance Conference

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on 29-03-2017 11:26

Partners across the high performance system will come together to focus on Paralympic Performance this week thanks to a collaboration between the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and UK Sport.

The UK Paralympic Performance Conference, being held at the Football Association’s St George’s Park headquarters, will provide 200 delegates from across British Paralympic sport the opportunity to reflect and share key lessons from the Rio cycle and look ahead to Tokyo 2020.

ParalympicsGB finished second on the medal table at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with 147 medals, smashing their medal target of 121 set by UK Sport, the third highest haul in British Paralympic history and setting records across the board.

The delegates will look ‘Towards Tokyo’ during the two-day conference which will include keynotes, workshops and poster presentations, with contributions from front-line practitioners and academic experts including members of the UK Sport and BPA senior management teams, UK Sport Coaching, Pathways and EIS Performance Innovation teams and EIS Technical Leads among others.

22 Paralympic National Governing Bodies (NGBs) will be represented with more than 80 Paralympic sport coaches, Performance Directors and Programme Managers in attendance.

“Great Britain has proved itself to be a leading Paralympic nation and we are committed to ensuring that we remain ahead of the pack." Georgina Sharples

BPA Head of Performance Georgina Sharples said: “Great Britain has proved itself to be a leading Paralympic nation and we are committed to ensuring that we remain ahead of the pack. This conference is the perfect opportunity to bring together experts in their field to share learnings from the Rio cycle that will support us as the focus moves on to PyeongChang and Tokyo.

“The BPA has fantastic support from the EIS and UK Sport to enable us to host this conference and I would like to thank them for their vision and commitment to ensure there is a dedicated forum for practitioners working in Paralympic sport across the high performance landscape.”

EIS Head of Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine Nik Diaper said: “The fantastic achievements of Paralympics GB in Rio last year were a result of a series of partnerships across the high performance system.

“Whether it is the British Paralympic Association (BPA), the National Governing Bodies (NGBs), the Home Country Sports Institutes or UK Sport, we are all working together to produce a Paralympic high performance system that is the envy of the world.”

“Through this conference we have a unique opportunity to bring together the very best individuals working in Paralympic sport in this country in one place, to share knowledge and expertise and collectively reflect on our progress to date and the performance factors that could make the difference to optimising performance in Tokyo 2020.”

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