POSTED: Thursday January 6th 2011

Pressure High For Athletes in Christchurch Claims Tanni Grey-Thompson

Upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games will have an impact on the athletes and their performances in Christchurch

Paralympic Great and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Paralympian Ambassador Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson claims that stakes will be high for athletes competing at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch end of the month.

More than 1,000 athletes from over 70 countries are already on their way to Christchurch, New Zealand, to take part in what is one of the last major gatherings of international athletes before the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Speaking to, the IPC's website, Grey-Thompson, who won 16 Paralympic medals in her illustrious career, said the upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games will have an impact on the athletes and their performances in Christchurch.

Grey-Thompson said: "I think there is a lot of pressure on the guys because they all know that how they do and where they finish affects the team places for 2012.

"I think the timing is quite interesting. A lot of the guys, even those from the Southern Hemisphere, are used to competing in a Northern European calendar.

"It's not only having to address their winter training league towards the worlds, but thinking really carefully about what they do for the next 18 months going into London.

"Thanks to the timing there might be some athletes we weren't expecting that might just get it right. I think we are going to see some really interesting races."

Tanni Grey-Thompson will travel to Christchurch herself, taking up a dual role as a presenter for BBC TV, and as coach of Jade Jones, a 15 year old British Paralympic hopeful.

Grey-Thompson said: "For Jade it is not so much about medals but actually getting used to being with the team, travelling and being away for a long time and lots of other things like that.

"I think having a friendly face will help her out a bit as well.

"Jade posted some incredibly fast times this season, so we are quite excited about what she might do."

Other big names set to compete in Christchurch include South African `Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius, Swiss `Silver Bullet' Marcel Hug and American wheelchair racer Jessica Galli.

Tickets to see the event, which runs from 21-30 January 2011, are now on-sale and can be purchased from and adult tickets start from just $10 per day.

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Notes to the Editor:
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 167 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Craig Spence, IPC Media and Communications Senior Manager on e-mail: or call +49-228-2097-230. Alternatively, please visit or www.ParalympicSport.TV.

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