UWIC Student Going for Gold at Beijing Paralympics 

University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) student Nathan Stephens, 20, from Bridgend, has been selected to compete at the Beijing Paralympics in three separate games including discuss, javelin and shot-put.

Nathan, who is currently in his second year of his BSc Sports Coaching degree at UWIC, is a double amputee and wheelchair user and will be competing in category F-57 at the games, which take place between 6th to 17th September.

Being ranked number two in all three disciplines, Nathan is expected to do extremely well at the games, and all ready has long list of achievements and accolades under his belt, which stretch back to 2002 British Junior Championships and the 2003 London Mini Marathon.

 From here Nathan has gone from strength to strength, achieving gold in the German Open Athletics in 2003. Continuing his success in the Belgian Paralympics Open in 2004, he took home the gold yet again in javelin, shot-put and discuss.

Once more, nothing but the best was good enough, when in the 2005 World Junior Championships, Nathan achieved gold in all three disciplines.

Nathan also participates in Sledge Hockey, who started at the age of ten and has progressed through the ranks to become the youngest member of the Great Britain Sledge Hockey team.

Speaking on his sporting finesse, Sports Coaching Programming Director, Christa Haworth said: “Nathan is extremely driven and very focused on achieving the best. He’s very charismatic and comfortable with his disability, but very independent as well. He is enormously self confident.”

Nathan is currently being held in a training camp in with his team and is due to fly into Beijing on the 7th of September.

When commenting on his future goals back in 2005, Nathan told UWIC: “I’m very excited about my prospects on the International stage and in a couple of years time in 2008 Beijing will be my main goal, but don’t forget the 2012 Olympics in London, I will be there too.”

Note to editors:

• There are 212 British athletes competing in 2008 Beijing Paralympics, competing in 18 of the 20 sports
• Great Britain finished 2nd to China in Athens Paralympics four years ago in the medals table

For further information contact Laura Anderson, Communications Assistant:
Tel: 029 2041 6041
Email: laanderson@uwic.ac.uk
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