First paralympic training camp at Leeds

One of the fastest and most brutal Paralympic sports comes to Leeds on Monday 15 August, when Beijing bronze medal holders Canada take on the Great Britain team at wheelchair rugby.

The public exhibition match is being played as the culmination of a six-day, pre-Olympic training camp, which will see the Canadians training alongside the GB team at The Edge.

The event is the first of three pre-games training camps to be held at the University of Leeds in the run-up to London 2012. Rob Wadsworth, the University's Head of Sport said: "This match will be a great opportunity for people to come along and watch world-class athletes play this exciting Paralympic sport. There will be a great atmosphere court-side, and members of the University - students and staff alike - are all welcome to come and watch the game free of charge."

Around 60 athletes and officials will be making the trip to Leeds for the first camp, with a second planned for April next year, and a final camp leading up to the games themselves in August 2012. During each camp, the Canadian team - which won bronze at the Beijing Olympics - will stay at the University's new hall of residence, Storm Jameson.

Andy Van Neutegem, performance director for Canadian Wheelchair Rugby, said: "After careful evaluation, the University of Leeds was chosen as it best met the training needs of our team and, in particular, the flexibility and accessibility of the excellent facilities and accommodation. Their sport and supporting facilities are certainly to international standards."

The match will take place:

In:   The Edge

On:  Monday 15 August

At:   2pm - doors open at 1.15pm

Spectators should report to The Edge reception.

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