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Paralympics starts trainings this week

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The Solomon Islands Paralympics team will be kicking off their trainings for upcoming competitions at the Woodford International School starting this week.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Solomon Islands Paralympics Committee general secretary, Casper Pule.

Mr Pule said the trainings are in preparation for the London Paralympic Games in London, England in August.

The trainings will be conducted under the supervision of Jimmy Luitolo who is experienced in training and working with disable people especially sports.

Mr Pule said a number of athletes with disability have been identified for the trainings.

“We have received names of a few people with disability and have consulted their families for permission to help train them for the upcoming competition,” he said.

He said this year will be a very busy and important year for the Solomon Islands Paralympics as they eye their first ever Paralympic participation in London.

He added that the participation in the 2012 London Paralympics is based on membership from the International Paralympics Committee (IPC).

In 2010 Solomon Islands Paralympics Federation received their provincial membership and later last year was given the green light from the IPC, receiving full membership.

He revealed that they will be participating in two sports namely athletics and powerlifting.

“There are three categories of sports namely Athletics, Powerlifting and Swimming.

“We will be focusing on athletics and powerlifting.

 “Also as part of the qualification for the London Paralympics Games, an athlete must be internationally classified to compete in the games,” he said.

He said so far only Benjamin Vae is the only athlete who has been internationally classified.

To be classified and qualified Pule said athletes will be selected to participate in the New Zealand Paralympic qualifying games in March.