A record number of representatives from the North West will compete in this year’s BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
Liverpool’s Abdi Jama and Dan Highcock will represent the men’s Great Britain wheelchair basketball team at the Manchester Regional Arena and will be joined by a further 19 athletes competing in the annual event from the North West.
Leading the region’s hopes for medals are five Paralympic cycling champions from Beijing, who will compete at the Manchester Velodrome.
Manchester’s Jody Cundy, Sarah Storey, Barney Storey, and Ric Waddon, Stockport’s Anthony Kappas and Rochdale’s Simon Jackson are part of a ten-strong Great Britain team.
Merseyside’s Jenny McCoughlin will join double Olympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds – who was voted BBC Young Sports Personality of Year last December – in the Great Britain swimming team together with another four athletes from the region.
Heather Frederiksen of Leigh, Manchester’s Natalie Jones, Wigan’s Rachel Latham and Stockport’s Matthew Walker will all feature in events at the Aquatics Centre on 25 May, while Stockport’s Elizabeth Simpkin competes in the International Open for Great Britain on 24 May.
Wales’ eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist David Roberts will also be competing in the swimming for Great Britain.
In athletics, Manchester ’s Ian Jones and Michael Churm, Blackpool’s Shelly Woods, Chorley’s Graeme Ballard and Sophie Hancock and and Stockport’s Jenny McLoughlin will all appear in track and field events representing Great Britain at the Manchester Regional Arena on 24 May.
Peter Mearns, executive director of communications and marketing at the North West Development Agency, a partner of the event, said: “The Agency is pleased to support the BT Paralympic World Cup again. It is a major event which is attracting more competitors and visitors every year, and contributing a significant amount to the regional economy. Events such as the BT Paralympic World Cup help to further cement the North West’s reputation as the ideal location for international events.”
The BT Paralympic World Cup has been staged annually in Manchester since 2005 and 400 competitors from over 31 countries are scheduled to compete in four sports – athletics, swimming, track cycling and wheelchair basketball.
The BBC will broadcast the BT Paralympic World Cup live from the Manchester Aquatics Centre on Monday 25 May. The event runs for five days from 20 May.
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