21st August 2012, 2:39pm  (updated 21st August 2012, 3:02pm)
Egyptian Athletes are Going for Gold
Egyptian Athletes Athletes from Egypt are making full use of the facilities at the University of Lincoln’s Sports Centre ahead of next week’s Paralympic Games.

Tennis table and sitting volleyball teams from the Egyptian paralympic team are training hard before the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Wednesday, August 29th.

The team began their training schedule at the University on Monday and will be here until Thursday.
Director of Sport, Robin Wright, arranged the visit and says it is a real coup to be involved with the Paralympics.

Mr Wright said: "The Olympics and Paralympics are associated with excellence and success and the University is delighted to be a part of that. The team are so pleased with the facilities and said it is a super training camp. We have many local people helping out as support volunteers and the atmosphere is really buzzing.
"A lot of the Egyptian Paralympians work in higher education and building those kinds of links will really help the University in the long-term. It is many of the team’s first time in the UK and we have made a great impression."

A total number of 40 athletes and 16 support staff were also honing their skills at other venues across the county with athletics taking place at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston and powerlifting at St Bernard’s School in Louth.

The team has high hopes with predictions of a gold medal in powerlifting and the 100m sprint, plus bronze or silver for sitting volleyball.

University of Lincoln student Sophie Wells will also be heading down to London after being selected for the Para Dressage team.

The 22-year-old athlete, who was born with amniotic band syndrome which prevents the hands and feet from forming properly in the womb, says that to be chosen was "a dream come true".

To be able to focus on the Games, Sophie has been able to defer her study of sports development at the University with support from her tutors.
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