Rwanda Training Camp
Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp
Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre is one of only three official London 2012 pre-games training camps in Suffolk, hosting international Olympic teams so they can train and acclimatise to the UK before going to the Olympic Village, and has been preparing for the arrival of the athletes for three years. We are also the only Paralympic Pre Games Training Camp in the county.
See our gallery of photos from the Rwanda Paralympic Team Pre Games Training Camp by Warwick Lowe here
We will host the Rwandan Paralympic Team from Sunday 12 August until Friday 24 August when they leave for the Olympic Village in London.
The Rwandan National Paralympic team* will consist of 14 athletes and six coaches and officials. The athletes are:
The Rwanda Sitting Volleyball Team - Preliminaries 30 August
Hermas Muvunyi (400m and 800m) - competing 400m September 4 and 800m September 6 (round 1) September 8 (finals)
Theoneste Nsengimana (1500m) - competing September 1 (round 1) September 4 (finals)
Powerlifter Theogene Hakizimana (82.50KG) - competing September 4
Rwandan Olympic Team
We hosted the Rwandan Olympic Team from Friday 6 July until Wednesday 18 July when the following athletes used our facilities:
Alphonsine Agahozo (50m freestyle swimming) - competing 3 August
Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon) - competing 12 August
Claudette Mukasakindi (marathon) - competing 5 August
Yannick Fred Sekamana (judo 73kg) - competing 30 July
Robert Kajuga (10000m) - competing 4 August
Mountain cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti has also qualified for London 2012 (competing 12 August) but was unable to join the pre games training camp as he was competing in the world championships in the USA at the same time.
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See our gallery of photos from the Rwanda Olympic Team Pre Games Training Camp by Warwick Lowe here
We are extremely excited about holding the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic pre-games training camps here in Bury St Edmunds. Our staff and the local community have worked very hard to ensure that the team will feel at home here in Bury St Edmunds and will have a fantastic training experience.
The Rwanda National Olympic Committee chose Bury St Edmunds because they felt at home here, they want to be part of the community when they train and were pleased that people would support Rwanda as their second team.
The Leisure Centre will be open for business when the Rwandan athletes train as they wanted to train as part of the community.
While the athletes are in Bury St Edmunds to train, subject to their training schedule, they will also be attending a number of community events and train alongside local clubs.
The Pre-Games Training Camp has inspired ‘Go Rwanda’, a project set up to ensure that the legacy of Camp stretches across the borough far beyond 2012. It has seen projects in education, sport, business, and culture helping to build a long lasting relationship between the town, the borough and Rwanda. To find out more about the legacy project visit www.gorwanda.co.uk
Sue Warren at Simply PR
Transport for the athletes will be provided by First Stop Travel
Photography will be kindly provided by Warwick Lowe Photography
See our gallery of photos from the camp by our official photographer Warwick Lowe