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AVH SPONSORS PARAPLEGIC MOTOR RACING DRIVER


Leading specialist supplier of adapted and wheelchair accessible vehi- cles for rent, Adapted Vehicle Hire (AVH), is sponsoring one of the up and coming competitors in the Gaz Shocks Production BMW Champ- ionship for 2011. AVH’s sponsorship of Aaron Morgan, an ambitious young paraplegic racing driver from Basingstoke, means he will be able to compete in the full season of the Production BMW Cup in his car prepared by Xsport Racing.


Aaron competed in motorcross for nine years until he had an accident in 2006 which left him paralysed. But this didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for sport and, in particular, motorsport. Initially following the accident Aaron took up wheelchair tennis, but his heart was still set on continuing in motorsport and after finding out that he could learn to drive a year earlier than able-bod- ied people, he started taking lessons. He passed his driving test first time in May 2007 and two years later he became the youngest ever disabled per- son to be awarded an MSA National B race license.


Spirit Studying for a degree in Sports Science at Brunel University when he’s not


▲ High hopes for swimmer Gemma Spofforth, Team GB and 2009 Gold medallist. Photo by Giuliano Bevilacqua/Rex Features.


individual events. Elsewhere, Jessica Ennis is one to watch in the heptathlon, where she claimed bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games when aged just 20. Unfortunately, an ankle injury ruled her out of the Beijing Olympics. Main rival Kelly Sotherton seems set on retirement before London and Karolina Kluft has lost interest, so Jessica has a fine opportunity to win a medal. Other great prospects for home success include triathlete Hollie Avil. At 18, Hollie took home a gold and bronze in the World Cup games. She's also European and world junior champion and will be a big medal hope for the London games. Also aiming for the top is Aaron Cook. Aaron was just 17 in Beijing,


where he made a bronze medal play-off in the under-80kg Tae Kwon Do category. Since then, he's moved to a new training base and a gold is a distinct possibility.


Other major medal hopes include gymnasts Beth Tweddle and Daniel


Keatings, perennial sailing medallist Ben Ainslie, canoeists Tim Brabants and Rachel Cawthorne, triathlete Alistair Brownlee, and women's double- scull rowing competitors Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins.


Paralympic hopes In the Paralympic Games, Britain again looks set for a great show- ing. Some of the main candidates are wheelchair sprinter David Weir, who has six Paralympic Games medals from 100m to 5000m. Watch out too for Daniel Lucker. Although he'll only be 19 in


London, Daniel is a top-class wheelchair racer who blew away the competition in junior meetings. Now competing at senior level, he's won the Mini London Marathon twice. Lucy Shuker, meanwhile, is that rare thing – a British tennis prospect.


Lucy is the national wheelchair tennis champion, a Wimbledon doubles finalist, and is shooting for gold in both doubles and singles. Sprinter Libby Clegg followed up her silver in the T12 100m at Beijing with a gold in the 100m at the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup. The young Scot says she's well on track for 2012: "I'm running really well at the moment; I'm in much better shape than I have been in the past." In wheelchair basketball, Ian Sagar is the one to watch. The


Yorkshireman is the country's top scorer and could inspire the team to golden glory. The London Olympics and Paralympic Games 2012 look set to be


memorable events and success for the host nation would be the icing on the cake. Watch out for all this home-grown talent and more, many of whom have been using London to time their peak of performance and shine in front of their home crowds.


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on the race track, it was Aaron’s determined spirit that caught the attention of AVH’s Managing Director, Lorraine Farnon. “Aaron is the epitome of posi- tive thinking. He hasn’t allowed his disability to stop him pursuing a sport about which he is passionate. Indeed when he’s on the race track he is no different to any other driver and we wanted to make it possible for him to pursue his dreams.” AVH’s sponsorship will enable Aaron to participate in all stages of the 2011 Production BMW Championship. His overalls and car will all carry AVH branding and AVH will provide adapted vehicles to rent for him to get to and from race meetings.


“This sponsorship deal with AVH is crucial to help me really focus on my racing and improve over the next season” confirmed Aaron. “AVH’s support will pay for the full season’s racing, as well as maintenance of my car, tyres and transportation of my vehicle to and from race events. It’s great to have this level of support and I’d like to thank AVH for their generosity.”


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