Paralympic team set for Louth visit

Louth's Meridian Centre.
Louth's Meridian Centre.

A TEAM of Paralympic athletes will train at Louth’s Meridian Centre prior to the 2012 games next summer.

The Egyptian national team will be using the centre, thanks to Lincolnshire’s Steering Group, along with facilities in Lincoln and Boston as they prepare for their schedule.

The £12 million centre, in Wood Lane, opened in February last year and rivals some of the best facilities in the area.

During their stay, the Egyptian Paralympic team will be training for athletics, table tennis, weight lifting and sitting volleyball.

District councillor and Lincolnshire Champion for the 2012 Games, Doreen Stephenson, said: “We are delighted to announce that a team from Egypt has said it intends to use sports facilities in Lincolnshire as a base for the 2012 Paralympic Games next year.

“This is a testament to some of the fantastic sports facilities our county has to offer.”

Doreen continued: “Having an Egyptian team using facilities in Lincolnshire next year is not only about the 2012 Games, but also the legacy of the Games. We are working hard to develop a sustainable relationship with the Egyptian Paralympic team and we hope that this benefits the local economy as much as possible.”

The 50-strong team will arrive in Lincolnshire a week before the Paralympic Games get underway next year on Tuesday, August 21.