Paralympian visits Sport Science
05 September 2011
Paralympic medallist for swimming Chris Holmes MBE, who has won a total of nine golds, five silvers and one bronze, paid a visit to the School of Sports Science.
As part of a promotional tour for next year's Paralympics, Chris, who is also Director of Paralympic Integration for London 2012, was shown around what he said were "outstanding facilities", including the CAREN virtual reality system, the altitude chamber and cardiovascular monitoring equipment.
Chris was also given an introduction to the Face-to-Face Sport Science project which aims to raise awareness of the subject among young people and make it more accessible.
Chris commented: "The extent of the research and facilities which have a vast range of applications, from rehab through to international sport, is incredible. You would be hard pressed to be unimpressed.
"Before the visit I knew LJMU had an excellent reputation in Sport Science but even with that knowledge I have found everything absolutely outstanding.
"Certainly when I started in sport there was nothing like this in the UK."
Accompanying him on the visit was 16-year-old 2012 Paralympic hopeful for Table Tennis, Jack Hunter-Spivey, who is currently training a demanding 30 hours a week, two days of which he spends at LJMU.
Chris and Jack are pictured with Nicky Rowley who is completing a PhD study looking at the cardiovascular activity of wheelchair athletes.
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