PARALYMPIC SHOOTING TEAM DINE AT HALTON HOUSE
PUBLISHED: 12:21 25 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:56 20 February 2013
Athletes inspire RAF trainees recovering from injuries
The London Paralympic shooting team held a dinner this week at Halton House to mark the end of the Paralympic games. Twenty five people attended the dinner including coaches, team managers, physiotherapists and carers.
They spent time talking to Haltons McTeague Flight trainees who are themselves taking time out of training due to injury. Aircraftsman Helen Neary said: It was very inspiring to meet the paralympians. We on McTeague flight have to deal with a lot of injury so I took a lot of inspiration from their stoic attitude.
McTeague flight queued up to have their photos taken with the guests and have a close look at their medals. Aircraftsman Richard Knight said: It was a fantastic opportunity to meet these people who have triumphed over adversity.
Among the Paralympians was Mandy Pankhurst, a qualified solicitor working for the police force, who had a horse riding accident. This was her first Olympics which she described as an amazing experience, and expressed her hope to qualify to go to Rio 2016.
Nathan Milgate, a second time Paralympian, said: London was a fantastic experience with a party atmosphere; the support was amazing. After my accident I wanted to play basketball but decided it was not practical, then a neighbour suggested I join a shooting club, which I did and from there, with the support of the national lottery and government sports funds, I have come this far.
Matt Skelhon, who won a gold in Beijing and a silver and bronze at the London games, said: After a car accident in 2005 I am now a full time sportsman supported by the sports lottery. The London games were an incredible experience and very much a one big family atmosphere. I was overjoyed to win the silver and bronze and look forward to going to Rio in 2016.