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Tanni Grey-Thompson visits charity wheelchair basketball competition

PUBLISHED: 12:01 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 27 April 2016

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson with wheelchair basketball players

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson with wheelchair basketball players

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One of Britain’s most successful wheelchair athletes has paid a visit to the Copper Box Arena.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson presents an award to coach Ian LakerBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson presents an award to coach Ian Laker

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals between 1992 and 2004, was among the spectators at a charity wheelchair basketball competition.

While there, she presented a trophy to coach Ian Laker in recognition of his 25 years of service.

“I haven’t been back to the Olympic Park since 2012,” she said.

“It’s brilliant to see people using these places and having a nice time.”

Wheelchair basketball at the Copper Box ArenaWheelchair basketball at the Copper Box Arena

She added that London 2012 had helped to raise the profile of Paralympic sports and that new clubs being set up helped make sport more accessible.

The event, which took place yesterday, saw eight teams of both able-bodied and disabled people take part in a wheelchair basketball tournament.

The money raised on the day will be used to fund equipment and transport costs for the London Titans wheelchair basketball team who train at the arena.


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