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Paula Dunn appointed Paralympic head coach

SPRINT: Dunn was a 100m and 200m athlete

THE JOB of Paralympic head coach has been handed to Paula Dunn after UK Athletics (UKA) named her as the successful candidate.

Dunn, a former 100m European bronze and Commonwealth silver medallist, has been part of the Paralympic coaching set-up, and helped British athletes during the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, her first major championship. Also, she contributed to the team’s second and third place finishes at the 2011 World Championships and London Games, respectively.

The newly appointed head coach, who begins her job with immediate effect, said: “London 2012 had an amazing impact on Paralympic sport in this country and we have a real opportunity to build on that over the next four years.

“I believe that there is more talent out there and I am looking forward to unearthing that talent and building on the success of 2012.

“Working closely with Peter [Eriksson, her predecessor] over the past four years has been superb, but I am looking forward to taking the reins and continuing what is in effect a long term plan to see further medal success in Rio in 2016.

“As a former European and Commonwealth Games medallist, I know the commitment, passion and sheer determination it takes to achieve the very best. I have used this experience to develop some of the best Paralympic athletes in the world and I can’t wait to take the team to the next level”, added the Bradford-born ex-athlete who competed in 1988 Seoul Games.

Her new boss, UKA Performance Director Neil Black, said: “Paula played a significant role in the Paralympic team’s success at London 2012 and she is an outstanding appointment who will ensure continuity as well as further improvements in fulfilling this role.

“Whilst the Paralympic team was excellent in London, finishing third in the world with 29 medals, 11 of which were golds, there is a great platform on which to build and I believe that we can still improve for Rio 2016.”

TOP JOB: Dunn has been a Paralympic coach since 2008

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