Russell’s shocked at Paralympic debut

Team GB’s Hannah Russell admits she is shocked to be taking part in the forthcoming Paralympics.

Aged just 16, swimmer Russell is set to take part in five different events in the S12 visually impaired category.

Her busy schedule starts on August 30th with the 400m freestyle, she will then compete in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and the 50m freestyle.

British swimmer Hannah Russell said she was stunned to learn she will be going to the Paralympics at the age of 16.

“My main aim was Rio 2016 – I’m shocked and amazed to be selected,” Russell told BBC Sport.

“I’ll try to achieve personal bests and enjoy the experience. My hope is to try to get into as many finals as possible – medals would be a bonus.”

“I think I’m ready for the Paralympics. To be competing in front of a big crowd is going to be amazing.”

In last year’s 2011 European Championships, she won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke and in the 100m butterfly she picked up the bronze but she is hoping to win even more medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Meanwhile, it is expected that around 800 athletes will take part in a special victory parade on September 10th in London to celebrate the achievements of Team GB’s Olympians and Paralympians.

Organised by the mayor of London, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, the Our Greatest Team Parade is set to be a very popular event.

Visitors staying in 5 star hotels London can watch the first part of the parade up to Trafalgar Square but organisers are stressing that it is vital to arrive early as the viewing areas will be closed when they reach capacity.

Boris Johnson said: “This is a chance to celebrate the heroes and heroines who have thrilled us with their skills, sportsmanship, and grace during London’s spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games, and whose names and triumphs will live on for centuries to come.”

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