Leeds Paralympians go for gold


Three University of Leeds graduates are members of Team GB in the London 2012 Paralympics, and could deliver more sporting glory to the region.

Claire Cashmore will be competing in the Swimming GB Class 9 event, and will be hoping to add to her impressive medal tally of three bronze medals won in the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games.

Update: Congratulations to Claire who won the silver medal in the Women's 100m Breaststroke final.

Kim Daybell is ranked world number 8 in Table Tennis, and has an excellent prospect of winning a medal. He has represented England in able-bodied table tennis despite being born with Poland’s syndrome. Kim has been balancing his training regime with studying in his first year of Medicine.

Kim competes in the preliminaries from 30 August.

Hand cyclist Karen Darke qualified for the Paralympics by winning two bronze medals in the World Championships last year. She has now set her sights on gold.

Karen competes on 5 and 7 September.

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