Paralympic hopeful urges people to snap up tickets for the Games
09 September 2011
A Croation Paralympic hopeful training at Surrey Sports Park has urged people to snap up London 2012 tickets which became available today.
Swimmer Dino Sinovcic spent the week training at Surrey Sports Park, in Guildford, as part of his preparations for the Paralympic Games.
He was joined poolside on Thursday morning by Surrey County Council Cabinet member Ian Lake shortly after the councillor gave a speech to around 200 business people about the London 2012 opportunities available to local firms.
Mr Sinovcic, 19, from Split, said: “Surrey Sports Park is a beautiful facility and everything is new. The training sessions here give us all we need and the people are very kind. I would say people should go and see the Paralympic events. The swimming will be very interesting so buy tickets and enjoy.”
Paul Blanchard, Surrey Sports Park Chief Executive said, "It's been great to accommodate Dino this week as he continues his preparations in the hope to represent Croatia at the London 2012 Paralympics, and we wish him the best of luck.
"He joins an ever growing list of athletes that have trained at Surrey Sports Park ahead of London 2012, and with more teams and athletes set to train here in the coming months the excitement is certainly stating to build ahead of next summer's big event."
Mr Lake said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have world class athletes training in Surrey as they prepare for London 2012. We’ve got a number of nations signed up to train at excellent facilities like Surrey Sports Park, including Nigeria and the Australian cycling team.
“Tickets for the Paralympic Games go on sale on Friday and I would urge everyone to apply. It would be great to watch Dino competing for a medal after watching him train. I hope rubbing shoulders with Olympic and Paralympic athletes will inspire local people to get involved in sport.”
Surrey County Council has been working with Surrey Sports Park and other partners to attract Olympic and Paralympic nations to train in the county. Each nation has the opportunity to receive up to £25,000 from London 2012 organisers to spend on training which will benefit Surrey if they choose to train in the county.