East Cambs prepares to get behind Sarah as she begins her Paralympic quest

STRETHAM Paralympian Sarah Grady will be doing East Cambridgeshire proud today as she represents Paralympics GB in the women’s wheelchair basketball.

Sarah, 28, will be in the thick of the action from 1pm today (Thursday) when she takes to the court as part of the team’s opening match against the Netherlands.

Also in Group A are Australia, Brazil and Canada, with Great Britain scheduled to play their final group match on Monday, ahead of a possible slot in the quarter-finals.

The buildup to the London Games has been the most high-profile in the Paralympic movement’s history and Sarah has been hard at work juggling training and preparing with being a mum to four-year-old Josh and working as a media and events coordinator in Cambridge.

Writing in her blog in the run up to the games, Sarah said: “The whole team launch was awesome, I loved every second of it!

“From trying to look serious in a photo and giggling throughout it and not being able to do it, to getting our opening and closing ceremony outfits and our formal wear to being surrounded by the best team ever, the entire ParalympicsGB team.”

Sarah, who grew up in Watford before moving to Cambridgeshire seven years aho, added that she and the team had moved into the Paralympic Village in Stratford on Saturday and remained hard at work on the court ahead of their opening game.

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Sarah is already a veteran of two Paralympic Games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 but take time away from the game during the Beijing games in 2008 for the birth of her son.

You can catch Sarah in action on Channel 4 from 1pm on Thursday, with action and updates from the game.