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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Team GB register for Paralympic Games

20th August 2012

Great Britain has become the first team to register for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

A total of 301 athletes in 20 different sports will represent the nation at the Games which begin on August 29th.

Chef de mission Craig Hunter said: "I'm proud that we are the first to have registered and look forward to leading this hugely talented team into the Games environment.

"Our first athletes arrive at the Village on Wednesday and we are busy creating the right support set-up for them to go out and produce their life-time's best at Games-time".

The youngest member of the squad will be 13 and the oldest 63 when the event starts and the team includes 186 men and 115 women.

Team GB's Paralympic team won 102 medals in Beijing including 42 golds and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) hopes London 2012 will help to challenge perceptions of disabled people.

"Winning medals in front of an excited home crowd will give us a great platform to help shift perceptions of Paralympic sport and ensure that our athletes get the recognition they deserve", said BPA chief executive Tim Hollingsworth.

The team has been set the target of winning 103 medals at London 2012 and finishing in second place on the medal table for the third consecutive Games.

Anyone staying in central London hotels during the Paralympics still has the opportunity to watch some of the sporting action as organisers are continuing to release tickets for many of the events including athletics, wheelchair basketball, track cycling, equestrian and rowing.

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