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Watford competitor Derek Derenalagi to represent ParalympicsGB in discus at London 2012
5:17pm Wednesday 11th July 2012 in Local Sport
Derek Derenalagi will represent ParalympicsGB at London 2012 after he was included in the athletics squad for the upcoming Games.
The 37-year-old from Watford will compete having come through the Ministry of Defence’s Battle Back programme.
He will be looking to medal in the F57 discus event as he makes his debut in the Games.
Derenalagi is joined in the squad by double Beijing gold medallist David Weir, three-time Paralympic gold winner in the F32 club throw Stephen Miller and Tracey Hinton, a double gold medallist in the T11 100m and 200m at the recent IPC Athletics European Championships.
UKA Head Coach Peter Eriksson said: “We had a hugely successful World Championships in January 2011 where we won 38 medals and finished third in the medal table. Now, in my third full year at UKA, we’re starting to see the gradual transition to a much more professional squad with a fantastic team spirit as well as having competent performers.
“Overall the strength and depth of the squad has improved and that’s a huge positive. We’ve seen a tremendous increase in the number of new athletes coming into the sport and in particular, those that we’ve been able to fast track from development through to international representation at junior and senior level, and that’s evident in this team – which means we’ve had to make some tough decisions.
“I’m confident we can do well but we can’t underestimate the fact that every other nation will have stepped up their preparation and performance goals in this quickly evolving and fast-improving sport.”
Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission of ParalympicsGB, added “The athletics announcement completes the line-up for ParalympicsGB for London 2012.
“This team has a promising balance of experience and new, up-and-coming talent and I can’t wait to see how they perform in London.”
In total, 288 athletes have been selected for ParalympicsGB, alongside a further 13 team members, including sighted goalkeepers, tandem riders and guide runners.