Dunn deal for Paula

Keighley News: Paula Dunn has been appointed as the new head coach of GB's Paralympic team Paula Dunn has been appointed as the new head coach of GB's Paralympic team

UK Athletics has continued its policy of promoting from within, with Paula Dunn appointed as Paralympic head coach.

Dunn succeeds Peter Eriksson, who was recently named as Charles van Commenee's successor as head coach of the Olympic squad.

In announcing Dunn's appointment, UKA performance director Neil Black said: "Paula played a significant role in the Paralympic team's success at London 2012 and she is an outstanding appointment who will ensure continuity as well as further improvements in fulfilling this role."

He added: "Whilst the Paralympic team was excellent in London, finishing third in the world with 29 medals, 11 of which were golds, there is a great platform on which to build and I believe that we can still improve for Rio 2016."

Eriksson and his staff, which included Dunn, masterminded a remarkable turnaround in Paralympic performance.

In Beijing, David Weir was Britain's sole Paralympic champion, with two gold medals.

Four years on, the wheelchair racer won four golds and was joined on top of the podium by Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft, Richard Whitehead, Aled Davies, Mickey Bushell and Josie Pearson.

Former 100m European bronze and Commonwealth silver medallist Dunn was an integral part of the Paralympic coaching team and takes up her new role with immediate effect.

She said: "London 2012 had an amazing impact on Paralympic sport in this country and we have a real opportunity to build on that over the next four years.

"I believe that there is more talent out there and I am looking forward to unearthing that talent and building on the success of 2012."

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