20th Jun 2014

German Assignment for Swansea 2014 Youngster

The one-off trip, from 20th to 22nd June, has been arranged by Swansea 2014 to promote August’s IPC Athletics European Championships and continue a promise to give local young people the chance to be involved in a major sporting event.

Molly will team up with the IPC Athletics to interview athletes for competition broadcasts and social media channels.

Molly Hopkins (content)

"I can’t wait," said the Ysgol Y Cribarth pupil from Abercraf. "I feel like I’m part of the event and I always notice when I read and hear things about Swansea 2014.

"To watch the athletes and speak to them will be special."

It will be case of work and play for Molly. With the British Swimming Championships on the horizon, the Swansea Stingrays swimmer will even train in a pool in Germany so that she doesn’t miss her last minute preparation for the event in Manchester the following Tuesday.

Her dad Gareth, mum Emma and four year-old brother Fraser will also join her on the trip. Gareth said:

"We’re all really excited but most excited for Molly. She absolutely loves sport and doesn’t get the chance to try some things because of her disability. To have an opportunity like this is very special to her.

"She has always been an incredibly confident young girl and will really get stuck into interviewing the athletes and promoting Swansea 2014."

Swansea 2014 will take place at the Swansea University International Sports Village between 18th – 23rd August and will see around 600 of Europe’s best athletes compete for honours as they make their way to the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016.

The competition will feature a wealth of Paralympians, World Champions and record holders from over 40 nations.

Swansea 2014 has released around 15,000 tickets for the 5-day Championships, available both online at www.swansea2014.com and from local outlets. Priced at between £3.00-£7.00 per session, people from the city and athletics fans across the country can secure their place to witness action up close at morning and afternoon sessions.

Swansea University will host the event, creating an integrated venue and athlete village environment, supported by a strong Championship delivery team including Disability Sport Wales, Swansea Council, Welsh Government, British Athletics and Welsh Athletics.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For further information about Swansea 2014 please contact;

Paul Batcup – 02920 338359

Swansea 2014 will be the 4th IPC Athletics European Championships having previously been held in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, Espoo, Finland and Assen, Netherlands. The Championships are expected to attract up to 1,500 athletes, officials and visitors from across Europe.

Swansea University is a world-class research-led university located in beautiful parkland with views across Swansea Bay close to the Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The University was established in 1920 and currently offers around 350 undergraduate courses and 100 post-graduate courses to 14,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. By 2015 the University will have a new Science and Innovation Campus to complement an upgraded Singleton Park Campus. Visit www.swansea.ac.uk . Swansea University is a registered charity. No. 1138342.

Disability Sport Wales

Disability Sport Wales is the lead organisation for the development of disability sport throughout Wales providing inclusive opportunities from grass root to elite level.

We are committed to transforming the lives of disabled people through the power of sport. For more information visit: www.disabilitysportwales.com

UK Athletics

UK Athletics is the national governing body of the leading Olympic and Paralympic sport in Britain. British Athletics is the sport we represent, the people, the athletes, the fans, the team.

We work closely with the home countries to develop and grow all areas of the sport including elite performance, coaching, major international events, competition and grassroots programmes within schools and clubs.

In 2013, Britain hosted two of the biggest IPC Para-athletics events in the world including the first ever Sainsbury’s IPC Grand Prix Final in Birmingham and the Sainsbury’s International Para Challenge at the sell-out Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

IPC Athletics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics.

The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships go to www.swansea2014.com

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