London 2012: UEL and Paralympics Ireland sign partnership deal
Irish athletes have become the latest to secure a place at the University of East London (UEL) during the Games this year.
Members of Paralympics Ireland will use UEL’s Duncan House campus in Stratford as their base during the Paralympics, as a venue for athletes to relax with fellow team members, and families and friends.
The deal was announced at the UEL SportsDock at the start of Universities Week.
The campaign focused on the contribution that universities are making to the 2012 Games, the overall impact on the UK sports industry and the work academics are doing around the Cultural Olympiad and 2012 legacy programme.
University and Paralympics Ireland bosses were joined by discus world champion Catherine O’Neill, who shared her experience of competing in two Paralympic Games.
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UEl vice-chancellor Patrick McGhee said: “This is yet another important milestone in our journey to become the number one university for sport in London by 2015.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Paralympics Ireland to our growing family of London 2012 partners.
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“Duncan House is situated right in the middle of the Olympic community, and will prove to be an ideal hospitality venue for Irish athletes and supporters alike.”
The SportsDock facility will also be the main training base for Team USA during the Olympics.
Irish Team Chef de Mission, Liam Harbison added: “With a huge number of supporters set to travel to London to support the Irish team of 42 athletes, the importance of having a lodge facility is essential close to the Olympic Park.
“This will allow access of families and friends to athletes on a controlled basis that protects performance at the Games.”