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Argentinean Paralympians to train at Surrey Sports Park ahead of London 2012

14 May 2012

The Argentina Paralympic squad has become the latest team to sign up to use the University of Surrey-owned Surrey Sports Park as a pre-Games training venue before the London 2012 Games.

Dr Jose Lago Rodriguez, Director General of the Argentina National Paralympic Committee and Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Surrey Sports Park.

The nation’s Paralympic athletes will train at the Sports Park throughout August as they prepare for sports including boccia, football, judo, power lifting, tennis, swimming and table tennis events.

The South Americans will be the 7th Paralympic nation to train at the venue this summer, joining 11 Olympic teams for training camps including Team GB, USA, Antigua & Barbuda, Nigeria and Singapore among others.

Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Surrey Sports Park, said: "We are delighted to welcome Argentina to our impressive line-up of Olympic and Paralympic teams training at Surrey Sports Park. We are proud to be part of a county hosting more teams than any other in the UK and we know that your members and the Guildford community will enjoy training alongside these elite athletes."

The park's top facilities include a 50 metre swimming pool, two squash show courts which seat 180 spectators, eight outdoor floodlit tennis courts, two new floodlit artificial grass pitches and a health and fitness centre.

Image caption (left to right): Dr Jose Lago Rodriguez, Director General of the Argentina National Paralympic Committee and Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive of Surrey Sports Park.

By Stuart Appleby

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