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03 September 2004 at 13:48
This week four former patients and two members of staff from the Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital will join the GB Paralympic Team. They are flying to Cyprus to the pre-games acclimatisation camp before competing in the Paralympic Games in Athens from 18th – 28th September.

Mark Eccleston is the number 1 British Tetraplegic Tennis player and is on target to win Gold in both the singles and doubles competitions.

Lynn Riding has competed in two previous paralympics in Table Tennis and is hoping to do well in both the singles and doubles.

David Gale holds the world record in his class at Discus and is competing in his first paralympics.

Also joining them is David Heaton who is the only GB Fencer in Athens. He is ranked 4th in the world in the sabre and believes Athens is his best chance yet for a paralympic Gold Medal.

Barbara Hoole is attending her fifth Games as part of the core staff team with the Athletics Team. She is a coach with the throw squad and coaches David Gale in Southport.

Ellen Gouldie-McDougall is going to her fist paralympics as part of the Medical Team providing overall care in Athens.

Pradip Sett, Consultant at the Spinal Injuries Centre said, “We are proud to see some of our former patients taking part in the Athens Games and wish them all good luck. They are to be congratulated on all their hard work and effort to get them this far after such terrible accidents. Let’s all hope they bring back Gold.”

In Photograph:
Front row left to right: Lynn Riding, Table Tennis; David Gale, Discus; Mark Eccleston, Tennis
Back row left to right: Ellen Gouldie-McDougall, Staff Nurse; Pradip Sett, Consultant; Barbara Hoole, Senior Occupational Therapist

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714