Norfolk’s sports stars hoping to make it to next year’s Paralympic Games
With just over a year to go, the line-up for next year's Paralympic Games has been revealed.
But Norfolk's top contenders have just one goal – to make the British team and win their ticket to London 2012.
The Paralympic Games will kick off on August 29, 2012, just over two weeks after the Olympic Games come to a close.
Over the 11 days of competition, there will be more than 300 sessions across 20 sports in 20 venues.
The action will kick-off with the track cycling in the velodrome, but Norfolk's attention will be drawn to the Royal Artillery Barracks, where Taverham's Mel Clarke hopes to be competing in the archery.
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Meanwhile, Danny Nobbs, from Attleborough, will be hoping to compete in front of an audience of 80,000-plus in the Olympic Stadium and Norwich's Amy Conroy hopes to earn her spot in the GB wheelchair basketball squad. Seated shot putter Mr Nobbs, 31, who came fifth in Beijing in 2008, said: 'I don't think you can imagine what it will be like to compete in front of a home crowd. In Beijing, there were about 92,000 people in the Bird's Nest but to do that again in front of 80,000 to 85,000 fans, many of whom will be friends, family and people who have supported me right the way though, would mean so much. But I don't want to think about that too much. My first goal is to make the team.'
For Mr Nobbs to qualify, he will have to reach the qualifying distances, but will also need to meet a range of criteria set out by UK Athletics. The selection process will depend on who is most likely to bring home a medal for ParalympicsGB. The ticket application process for the Paralympic Games will open between September 9 and September 26 this year.
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As with the Olympic Games tickets, applications will be made for tickets and if sessions are oversubscribed, they will be allocated via a ballot.
The day before tickets go on sale, London will play host to International Paralympic Day in Trafalgar Square. The event, on September 8, will be an opportunity for the public to experience first-hand the inspiration and excitement that the Paralympic Games will bring to the UK and London next year.
To find out how to get tickets log on to www.tickets.london2012.com/
Don't miss the latest edition of our Olympics and Paralympics supplement, London Calling, in your Evening News next Tuesday, August 30.
Do you know someone hoping to make it to London 2012? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org