Rio 2016: Scholar Olivia Breen selected in three events for GB Paralympic team - Sky Sports

July 26, 2016

 

Sky Scholar and athlete Olivia Breen will compete in three events at the Rio Paralympics after making the Team GB squad.

It means a double celebration for the Sky Academy Sports Scholar who found out on her 20th birthday that she will be at her second Games.

Breen, who won T38 100m bronze at London 2012, will also take part in the long jump and relay in Brazil with the action taking place between September 7-18.

The British Paralympic Athletics squad is 54-strong and was chosen following Saturday's IPC Grand Final in London's Olympic Stadium where Breen finished fourth in the 100m with an impressive personal best. 

Breen, born with a meningitis-type illness leaving her with cerebral palsy, a hearing impairment and some learning difficulties, said: "I am so happy to have been selected for Team GB.

"I'll be in the long Jump, 100m and 4x100m relay at my second Paralympic Games. It has been a journey of highs and lows and I couldn't have done it without the support of the Sky Academy Sports Scholarship.

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"Knowing that Sky have believed in me and my ability has meant so much, especially when things haven't been going to plan. I'd also like to thank my coaches, my family, friends and boyfriend for all their patience and understanding.

"I'll be working hard over the next month to ensure that I am at my best when I get to Rio and hopefully bring back some silverware to make all those who have been there for me proud. Let the Games begin..."

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