Student wins place on Ch4 Rio training scheme

Ella Beaumont PNL-150727-132451001
Ella Beaumont PNL-150727-132451001

A student from Berkhamsted has been selected for a training scheme with Channel 4’s production team for the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Ella Beaumont, a student at the University of Worcester, who has represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball, is among just 24 other disabled young people selected for the scheme.

Adam Lione, another University of Worcester student, who played for England’s Partially Sighted Futsal team, is also among those selected.

Ella is taking a year out of her studies to now spend the next year training for a range of roles behind the scenes, with the potential to go to Rio next year to be part of the Channel 4 coverage of the Games.

Ella, who has just completed the second year of her degree in Sports Coaching Science, said: “When I applied for this scheme, I never dreamt I would be successful. This is a really amazing opportunity. I know a lot about sport, and know a lot of disabled athletes. But I don’t know much about the media side, so it’s going to be really exciting to learn.”

She added: “It will be fantastic if the GB Wheelchair Basketball team make it to Rio and I get to be there with many of my former team mates to report on their progress.”

Ella started playing wheelchair basketball when she was around 11 years old. She represented GB at the very first U25 women’s wheelchair basketball World Championships in Canada, securing a bronze medal.

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