British Canoeing is among 19 sports as was as UK Sport, EIS, TeamGB and ParalympicsGB in launching From Home 2 The Games, an initiative searching for athletes of the future.
From Home 2 The Games has been specifically designed to engage and encourage young people from all communities in the UK to explore their possibilities in Olympic and Paralympic sports that they may never have thought about getting involved with before, and consequently, discover untapped potential.
The British Canoeing paracanoe programme are seeking to reach and engage 15-34-year-olds with an impairment that makes them eligible to participate in Paralympic sport.
Officially launched today at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, potential athletes can now join From Home 2 The Games by completing three simple challenges and submitting their results at www.FromHome2TheGames.com. The challenges are:
· For Olympic sport, potential athletes need to complete a 20m sprint, a broad jump and an open skill challenge.
· For Paralympic sport, potential athletes need to complete a 20m push or sprint, a pick-up and throw and an open skill challenge.
As part of the process, potential athletes will be encouraged to upload their scores and fill in a short form about themselves and their sporting background. Submissions will close at midnight on Monday 6 September and then be reviewed by a team of expert sport scientists and coaches.
A select number of potential athletes will be invited to progress to the next stage of the process in the autumn with sessions held to further explore their opportunity to be a future Olympian or Paralympian and the possibility that a number will be selected to join National Governing Body development programmes.
Roger Weir, British Canoeing Talent Inclusion Co-ordinator, said:
"This is a brilliant and exciting opportunity for the next generation of talented athletes to get involved in Paracanoe at such an exciting time.
"From Home 2 the Games will provide prospective athletes from all communities with the opportunity to get involved in high performance Paralympic Sport with the number 1 nation in the world. Working in partnership with EIS and UK Sport, I hope this campaign will open up the opportunity for future Paralympic success."
Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, said:
“Our hope is that every young person that gets involved with From Home 2 The Games will have a fantastic, positive experience of sport and, wherever it might lead, will be better for having engaged with it. We are committed to discovering the nation’s exceptional sporting talent of tomorrow and building a more inclusive and diverse Olympic and Paralympic family.
“From Home 2 The Games is a brilliant example of the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community coming together to give young people a chance that they may never have had otherwise. We want to get to a place where the only barrier to sporting success is potential, and so I would encourage people from all backgrounds and all corners of the UK to give this a go and have fun with it.”
To find out more visit www.FromHome2TheGames.com