Team Vietnam start training

Paralympians from Vietnam training for field events at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.'From the left, Nguyen Thi Hai, Trinh Cong Luan, coach Dang Van Phuc and Cao Ngoc Hung.

Paralympians from Vietnam training for field events at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.'From the left, Nguyen Thi Hai, Trinh Cong Luan, coach Dang Van Phuc and Cao Ngoc Hung.

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Members of the Vietnam Paralympic Squad have been training in Calderdale ahead of the start of the Games.

Team Vietnam have been training at Spring Hall athletics track for the last fortnight.

Paralympians from Vietnam training for field events at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.'Cao Ngoc Hung throwing discus.

Paralympians from Vietnam training for field events at Spring Hall athletics track, Halifax.'Cao Ngoc Hung throwing discus.

The track has provided a base for the athletes to prepare, train and get used to the British climate before competing in the Games. which start on August 29.

The athletes who have been training in Calderdale are Nguyen Thi Hai (female javelin and discus competitor), Trinh Cong Luan (male discus competitor) and Cao Ngoc Hung (male discus and javelin competitor), and their coach is Dang Van Phuc.

All three athletes contracted polio when they were less than 2 years old, but they have overcome the obstacles to become record holders in their sports.

Nguyen Thi Hai is the Asian record holder and 5th in the world in javelin and discus; Trinh Cong Luan is 9th in the world in discus; and Cao Ngoc Hung is the Vietnamese and Asian record holder and 4th in the world in javelin and discus.

Cao Ngoc Hung, who is also set to be a flag bearer at the Paralympic opening ceremony, said he has had a fantastic time training in Calderdale.

“I would recommend Spring Hall athletics track to athletes and people wanting to do sport in Calderdale and beyond. It’s truly an Olympic and Paralympic standard venue.

“I urge people not to let their disabilities stop them from getting involved in sport and chasing their dreams.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Pauline Nash, said: “The people of Calderdale have given the Vietnamese athletes such a warm welcome. People passing by or using the track have been fascinated by the training sessions, and have stopped to watch and meet the athletes.

“Budding Paralympians are sure to be inspired by outstanding athletes training in the local area.”