Boston’s PRSA to host Egyptian team ahead of Paralympic Games

BOSTON’S Princess Royal Sports Arena has won the right to be the training centre for the Egyptian Paralympic team in the build-up to London 2012.

The African athletes will use sites across Lincolnshire as their training base as they aclimatise to the country.

And the track at the PRSA has been deemed the one where the athletes will do their preparations.

“There’s a buzz around the place at the moment,” said Derek Bell, managing director of the sports centre, which was built especially to be used by able-bodied and disabled athletes.

“A lot of work has gone into securing this and so Lincolnshire should be very proud.”

Mr Bell says he hopes the arrival of the Egyptian team will not hinder regular users to the arena, which is also home to a swimming pool, gym, Boston rugby club and the Lincolnshire Athletics Academy.

The Egyptian Paralympic Committee will be using two pre-Games training camps in Lincoln and Boston for a one-week Performance Camp prior to the Games in August next year.

A 50-person team will reside in Lincoln and use accredited facilities at the PRSA, University of Lincoln and Meridian Centre in Louth, as well as the Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln.

East Lindsey’s Councillor Doreen Stephenson, a Lincolnshire champion for the 2012 Games, said:

“We are delighted to announce that a team from Egypt has said it intends to use sports facilities in Lincolnshire as a base for the 2012 Paralympic Games.”

Boston Borough Council’s strategic director Phil Drury said: “This has taken 18 months of negotiation and it would have been a shame if we had not been able to offer to one of the Paralympic teams the PRSA, which has fantastic world-class facilities for athletics and a range of other sports.

“We hope their presence will raise the profile and encourage more people to get involved in what the PRSA has to offer.

“A huge amount of schools activity and local events already takes place there, together with regional and national competition.

“Now it is about to go international.”

The team of 50 will be training for athletics, table tennis, weightlifting and sitting volleyball.

Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure services, Coun Yvonne Gunter said: “This is wonderful official international recognition for the facilities we have and a real physical link with the Olympic movement in 2012.”