Coventry brothers selected for GB London 2012 Paralympic judo squad

By Steve Carpenter 12/04 Updated: 12/04 14:26

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BROTHERS Joe and Sam Ingram are celebrating after being selected for the Great Britain's judo squad for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The siblings, from Cannon Park, have been selected as part of the five-man squad for the Games which will begin on August 29.

Joe, who is now based in Dartford, narrowly missed out on qualification for Beijing back in 2008 whereas younger brother Sam won a bronze medal.

They join fellow siblings Dan Powell and Marc Powell, as well as Ben Quilter and being preparations for the event.

"I am really pleased with today’s announcement," said Joe.

"It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this point and I have high ambitions for the year.

"Competing at a home Games is special. It makes you nervous, but I am really looking forward to it."

Brother Sam revealed to the Observer that he is hoping to improve on his performance four years ago and is aiming for Gold on home soil this summer.

Speaking to the Observer last December, he said: “I am definitely aiming for gold in London.

"A couple of years ago it wasn't in my reach but now I want it more than anything and I have got a big opportunity next year.

"Although I understood and was prepared for the environment in Beijing, I was taken back by the atmosphere. The experience was like no other.

"Paralympic sport is very much on the up and performing in front of home support will be something special.

Dave Sanders, performance manager from British Judo, added: "All players have worked tremendously hard to gain selection to London 2012 and have amassed a fantastic haul of medals on the World and European stage during the qualification period.

"I am really proud to be involved with such a professional team and thankful to have an excellent Paralympic Performance Coach, Jean-Paul Bell, working so closely with the team on a daily basis, underpinned by a highly effective support team – all of whom play a large part in the overall success of the team."

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