1000 days until the Paralympics

Paralympian Tom Aggar is nominated for the 2009 World Rowing Adaptive Crew of the Year

2008 Paralympian gold medalist, Tom Aggar, has been nominated for the 2009 World Rowing Adaptive Crew of the Year

The news marks the 1000 days countdown (from 3 December) to the next Paralympics in 2012 held in London. With this in mind, there is still time to become a Paralympic Gold medalist in front of a home crowd in 2012.

Athletes with an impairment have never had a better chance to put themselves forward for a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the Olympic Stadium at Stratford as part of the ParalympicsGB team. Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential is a nationwide talent search being run by UK Sport, EIS and the British Paralympic Association. A campaign of this size so close to a Games is unprecedented and whilst it can take athletes up to eight years to reach an Olympics, research has shown that potential participants for a Paralympic Games can be ready to compete at an elite level much sooner.

Dave Smith, who only began training as a rower 12 months ago and who is hoping to compete in London in 2012, said: “Just a year ago I was competing in Bobsleigh. The switch to Paralympic rowing was a challenge for me, and I’m improving all the time. I was delighted to become a world champion in my first season and am completely focused on achieving success in 2012.

Read the full report on the Paralympics GB website.