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Triple Paralympic medal winner to open new University of Warwick disabled access suite

Triple Paralympic medal winner Nigel Murray will be visiting the University of Warwick tomorrow (22) to try out the Sport Centre’s new disabled access fitness suite.

The University’s Sports Centre has recently been awarded Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accreditation after investing in staff training and equipment that can be used by disabled people and non-disabled.

Nigel Murray will attend a special event on Friday 22 January along with regular Sports Centre user and tetraplegic John Silke.

The Centre has invested in excess of £30,000 in new equipment including a handbike, a cable crossover machine and a new treadmill.

The Inclusive Fitness Initiative is a programme that supports the fitness industry to become more inclusive, catering for the needs of disabled and non-disabled people alike.

Through a range of projects and products the initiative has supported facilities across England to create an inclusive service, increasing participation by disabled people.

Director of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Warwick, Terry Monnington said: "We are delighted that we have been given IFI accreditation, we have invested heavily in making sure we are providing some of the best facilities for disabled and non-disabled people.

"Getting this accreditation is vitally important as we are potentially going to be an Olympic and Paralympic training camp. It is fantastic that we have Nigel Murray and one of our regular Sports Centre users John Silke here to help us celebrate our accreditation."

Notes to editors
Photo opportunity - Nigel Murray and John Silke will be at the Sports Centre from 12pm until 1pm on Friday 22 January. If you would like more information contact Kelly Parkes-Harrison,, 02476 574255, 07824 540863.