More than 20 Paralympians are set to attend the first ever ParalympicsGB Sports Fest which is taking place on December 3 and 4.
The festival, being held at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, provides an opportunity for disabled people to try out different disability sports and explore how they can get involved. It will showcase summer and winter Paralympic sports, including para-triathlon and para-canoeing which will feature on the Paralympic programme for the first time in Rio. There will also be opportunities to meet the stars of the ParalympicsGB team from London, including Jonnie Peacock, and to celebrate their amazing achievements and the inspiration they provided to the whole nation.
The T44 100m gold medallist is keen to support the festival. He was identified by the BPA in 2008 at a talent identification day and was supported in his first year in sport by the BPA's Fast Track Power Programme before moving to a full-time UK Athletics programme.
"I am a walking example of how sport can change your life for the better", he said. "Sport has totally shaped the person I am today. I went to a BPA talent day when I was 15 years old and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Sport gave me some direction. I am not saying that everyone can go on and win a Paralympic medal, but the process of getting more active or taking up a sport at a local club can definitely have a big impact on your life."
Judo bronze medallist Ben Quilter will be one of three athletes from his sport present at the Festival. He said: "The Sports Fest is a great idea because it provides a chance for lots of people to find out about lots of sports and opportunities under one roof", said Quilter. "I'm really supportive of it and I know it's going to be fun for everyone who comes along."