Ride the Great Wall Trek for ParalympicsGB

350km in nine days to raise funding for '08 athletes

ParalympicsGB, a registered charity responsible for taking the British team to the Paralympic Games every two years, is looking for cycling enthusiasts to take part in a trek to the Great Wall of China in September 2008 and raise money for ParalympicsGB in the process.

The nine-day trek will take participants on a 350km journey through rural China to see the breathtaking views of the Great Wall as well as experience the ancient traditions and culture. Participants will then travel to Beijing where they will -- subject to ticket availability -- get the chance to see Britain's athletes in action at the 2008 Paralympic Games and visit the city's many interesting sites.

Participants in the trek, which takes place from September 5 to 14, 2008, will be required to raise around £3000 in sponsorship for the trip, which will go towards helping ParalympicsGB deliver the best possible teams to the Games.

Paralympic cycling champion Darren Kenny won two gold medals at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games both in world record times. He said: "Beijing will be a fantastic Paralympic Games and the whole cycling team is focused on making Britain proud with medal-winning performances.

"We however need your help to give us the best possible chance of putting in top performances in Beijing and beyond, so give us your support and take part in Cycle China with ParalympicsGB."

Britain has traditionally been among the top performing nations at the Paralympic Games, consistently placing high on the medal table and having topped the medal table at the 2007 Para-Cycling World Championships, Britain's Paralympic cyclists are among the best in the world.

However it costs around £6000 to take every athlete to the Paralympic Games and as the sporting bar is continually being raised, ParalympicsGB needs your help to give its athletes the best possible chance of achieving their sporting dreams in 2012 when the Paralympic Games comes to London, as well as in Vancouver in 2010.

ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane said: "In order for Britain to stay competitive in the world of disability sport we need to ensure our athletes have the best possible opportunities to create lifetime best performances and that there are systems in place to identify and develop emerging talent.

"In order to achieve this task and help our top athletes to achieve their potential and to compete at the highest level we need the funds to pay for support the services and structures which our top athletes require and deserve," he added.

"Not only is this trek a great opportunity for participants to take part in an once-in-a-lifetime experience, the money raised will also help us nurture our athletes so that they can make Britain proud at the Games."

For more information about this trek or to sign up, visit the website or email Jane Jones.

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