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Superstore staff off to London for Paralympics
8:20pm Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
NINE members of staff from Worcester’s two Sainsbury’s stores are off to the Olympic Park in London for the Paralympic Games today.
Rachael Brown, Rob McIntosh, Tom Harrison, Chris Weston and Allison Tolley, who work at the supermarket’s Blackpole store and Graham King, Sue Jones, Victoria Tribe and Patrick O’Connell, from the Worcester St John’s store, are among 104 colleagues from the region who were nominated for the trip to London.
A total of 5,000 Sainsbury’s colleagues are guaranteed access to three wheelchair basketball matches on the day after they each nominated themselves or were nominated to attend the event.
Sainsbury’s is one of the main sponsors of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Rachael Brown was chosen after saying she would love to represent Sainsbury’s and it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Chris Weston said: “I’m really honoured to have been chosen from so many entries.
“I’ve really enjoyed helping local people to understand more about the Paralympic Games.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet other colleagues from across the country and learn about their Paralympic experience.”
Staff members helped to raise the profile in Worcester of this year’s Paralympic Games through a number of activities, including visiting a local school.
They taught children to play sit-down volley ball and blind football and experience what a paralympian has to do and the challenges they may be faced with.
Blackpole store manager Gavin Jones said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for all the colleagues going and they really deserve it.
“Across Worcester, many of our colleagues have helped to raise the profile of the Paralympic Games.
“Chris Weston has been a fantastic support in driving the Paralympic message in the community and I know Chris and the rest of the colleagues are now looking forward to cheering on Paralympic teams to glory.”