Britain’s best athletes travel across the channel in July to take on some of the World’s best at the inaugural Inas Summer Games as part of the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Great Britain Team.
UKSA is proud to announce its athletics, cycling and swimming Teams, with further announcements in Tennis, in collaboration with the Tennis Foundation to follow.
British representation spans the 4 sports of athletics, cycling, tennis and swimming and includes previous internationals Declan Manning and Nathan Fleetwood as well as six others making their GB international debuts for UKSA.
Supported by a dedicated team of coaching professionals, expectations are high as athletes continue to prepare to demonstrate their sporting prowess.
“We really have seen some excellent performances from the British Team already” comments Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association.
“We set competitive standards for the event and this has without a doubt shown that British athletes are ready to rise the challenges that this performance environment will throw at them”.
“The Inas Summer Games will be challenging, but we have selected a Team of strong talented athletes who are ready to do the job. We have a dedicated group of coaches supporting the Team and I am delighted that one of those coaches is a former Paralympian who started his career as an Inas competitor. Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on their selection to the UKSA GB Team.”
The full Athletics, Cycling and Swimming Team members are:
Declan Manning (Bungay, Suffolk)
Nathan Fleetwood (Lanark, Lanarkshire)
Sam Fernando (Gateside, Fife)
Chris McMillan (Leicester, Leicestershire)
Charlotte Cox, (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)
Jane Coia, Team Manager/Coach,
Tommy Patterson, Deputy Team Manager/Coach
Kevin Manning, Coach
Ruairidh Brown (E. Kilbride, South Lanarkshire)
Kiera Byland (Bolton, Grt. Manchester)
Tom A Hara, Team Manager/Coach
Graeme Brown, Coach
Rachel Tweedie (New Mills, Derbyshire)
Jessica Tweedie, Team Manager/Coach
Dan Pepper, Coach
Tennis announcement to follow
The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.
Hosted by Fédération Française du Sport Adapté on behalf of Inas Europe, the Inas Summer Games will take place in Paris, France from 14 July to 22 July 2018. With 9 sports in contention, it is expected that over 1000 participants will take part.
The Championships will incorporate the Inas European Championships in Athletics and Swimming and the Inas World Championships in Cycling and Tennis.
For further information, images and interviews contact The UK Sports Association.