Prosthetics, orthotics and wheelchair specialists Ottobock have become the Official Technical Service Provider for the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup.
Ottobock, who have provided technical service to the BT Paralympic World Cup since 2007, will provide an expert team of orthotists, prosthetists and wheelchair technicians, to provide equipment repair and maintenance for competing athletes throughout the competition.
The BT Paralympic World Cup launches an exciting summer of sport for Ottobock, who are also the Official Technical Service Provider of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Phil Yates, Managing Director of Ottobock said: "This partnership with the BT Paralympic World Cup reinforces our strong commitment to Paralympic sport."
"Ottobock has been providing technical service at Paralympic competition since 1988 and we have the expertise, knowledge and skills to support the diverse range of equipment repair and maintenance needed at world-class sporting events. The BT Paralympic World Cup is a key event for many athletes preparing for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and our technical service team is proud to be on hand to support their preparations."
In conjunction with the BT Paralympic World Cup, Ottobock and the International Paralympic Committee will bring the 'Passion for Paralympics' to Manchester.
The free public exhibition is touring England and Scotland to create excitement for Paralympic sport, showcase the technology used by Paralympic athletes and spread the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
The exhibition will be open from 14 - 27 May at the Manchester Arndale Center.
The BT Paralympic World Cup is the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. BT is entering its fourth year as title sponsor, upholding its strong commitment to disability sport in the UK that stretches back over twenty years.
Manchester has committed for the eighth consecutive year to hosting elite international athletes competing across Wheelchair Basketball, Athletics and Football 7-a-side. In addition, Boccia will once again be represented, with an international match staged during the competition.
The 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup will once again be broadcast by Channel 4. For more information about Channel 4's Paralympic coverage, visit: www.channel4.com/paralympics.
The BT Paralympic World Cup is sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and supported by ParalympicsGB, BT and Manchester City Council.
Tickets for the BT Paralympic World Cup are now on sale.
For more information visit: www.btparalympicworldcup.com
The event schedule will see the Manchester Regional Arena host all events, starting with Athletics on 22 May, followed by Wheelchair Basketball and Football 7-a-side on 23-26 May. The Boccia match will be staged on 24 May.
Additional Information Regarding the Paralympic World Cup:
BT is the title sponsor of the Paralympic World Cup and the official communications services partner for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
BT will supply the communications services for London 2012 venues and facilities, as well as meeting the communications requirements of the athletes, National Olympic Committees and media.
The BT Ambassador program includes Ade Adepitan, Leon Taylor, Dame Kelly Holmes, Daley Thompson, Oscar Pistorius, Liz Johnson, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, Nathan Stephens, Hannah Cockroft and Lee Pearson and BT employee Richard Fox.
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. For more information visit www.bt.com/aboutbt
ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games.
The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 20 summer and 4 winter sports on the Paralympic Program.
There is only one Paralympic team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland; ParalympicsGB. There is not a Paralympic swimming team or Paralympic tennis team. The individual sports join to become ParalympicsGB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team. We are proud of our tradition of outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games: ParalympicsGB has finished second in the medals table at the last three summer Paralympic Games and brought 102 medals home from Beijing, 42 of them gold. With the next summer Games on home soil, the BPA is exploring every possible option that might have a positive impact on the performance of British athletes in London enabling them to achieve their personal best when it matters most. We recognize that the British team's performance will have an impact on changing perceptions of disability sport and influencing attitudes towards disability.
The BPA would like to thank: our partners adidas, Atos Origin, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, Coca Cola, Dow, EDF Energy, GE, Lloyds TSB, Omega, Sainsbury's, Samsung and VISA; our supporters Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Deloitte, Cisco Systems, UPS and Thomas Cook; our suppliers and providers Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, G4S, GlaxoSmithKline, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, Mondo, McCann Worldgroup, Nature Valley, Next, Nielsen, Otto Bock, Populous, Rapiscan, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
Channel 4 won the rights to be the host broadcaster of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in January 2010.
Channel 4 is uniquely placed to help LOCOG deliver the best possible Paralympic Games given its track record of disability portrayal and quality sports coverage that meets the expectations of established viewers while innovating to attract new ones. Channel 4 aims to make the 2012 Paralympics the biggest event in the channel's history, bringing about a fundamental and permanent shift in perceptions of disability in the UK while also raising awareness of Paralympic Sport and [British] Paralympians into household names.
Since winning the rights in 2010, Channel 4 has invested in delivering the best possible coverage and has commissioned three in-depth documentary series on Paralympians, while also running three series of That Paralympic Show and a number of short film series in conjunction with BT and other Paralympic partners. During Games-time, Channel 4 will increase UK TV hours devoted to coverage of Paralympics by 400% with a truly 'all day every day' approach.
About Manchester City Council:
As partner to the Paralympic World Cup, Manchester continues to strengthen its impressive reputation for successfully staging major international sports events that bring long-term social and economic benefits to the City and its residents. Manchester's excellent range of accessible sports venues and facilities, combined with its school and community sports development programs provide the springboard for sporting stars of the future and events such as these play a key role in the creation of sporting opportunities across the city. Manchester will continue to host major events that deliver real benefits to local people whilst also showcasing the city both as a vibrant place of national and international significance and as a global sporting hub. For more information on Manchester's sports events program visit www.manchesterworldsport.com
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was £20,076m with profit before taxation of £1,717m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com
About Otto Bock Healthcare:
Otto Bock is a world leading supplier of high quality, innovative and practical solutions that restore human mobility and help people to rediscover personal independence. Otto Bock Healthcare is part of the Otto Bock global group of companies established in the UK in 1976. Its wide product range includes high quality prosthetic and orthotic components, wheelchairs, rehabilitation and mobility products available through the country's leading clinics and dealers. With a highly motivated and skilled team of professionals offering expert advice, product sales, service and support, Otto Bock solutions enhance the physical comfort, confidence and mobility of the individual. Otto Bock aims to achieve the best possible outcome for its customers, combining the latest technology with cutting-edge products and services - www.ottobock.co.uk
Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.
Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.