University of Bath based athletes to represent ParalympicsGB in Beijing

06 September 2008

Tomorrow sees the start of competition at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where several University of Bath based athletes will be representing Britain.

Sprinter Ben Rushgrove and his coach Rob Ellchuk, swimmer Kate Grey and judo player Darren Harris will be going into action less than two weeks after the University of Bath based Craig Pickering, Dale Garland, Mark Foster and the entire Team GB modern pentathlon contingent returned from competing in the able-bodied Games.

Coach Rob Elluck with athlete Ben RushgroveBen Rushgrove is the current T36 100m European Record holder, and will be running in the T36 100m and 200m. He trains at the University of Bath, where he is studying for a degree in Sports Performance.

Ben is coached in Bath by Rob Ellchuk, who is representing ParalympicsGB as a coach in Beijing. Rob is studying for a Masters in Research in Education at the University.

Kate GreyKate Grey will be making a splash for ParalympicsGB in the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley events in Beijing.

She is a member of the University of Bath Swimming Club and is studying for a degree in Coach Education and Sports Education at the University.

Judo’s 2007 European Championship silver medallist Darren Harris also trains at the University of Bath and will be competing in tomorrow’s -66kg event, with medals up for grabs on day one of competition.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games takes place between Saturday 6 and Wednesday 17 September.

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