THEY have travelled halfway around the world.
And today, the disabled athletes who had chosen Calderdale as the venue of choice for a training camp head to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Over the last two weeks, Spring Hall athletics track off Huddersfield Road, run by Calderdale Council, has been a training camp for the Vietnam Paralympic athletics team.
The track has provided a base for the athletes to prepare, train and get used to the British climate before competing in the Games.
Spring Hall was chosen due to its high-quality, state-of-the-art sports facilities, as part of the London 2012 Organising Committee’s Pre-Games Training Camps programme.
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), along with their coach Dang Van Phuc.
All three athletes contracted polio when they were babies, 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, says 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.”
Clr Pauline Nash said: “Budding Paralympians are sure to be inspired by outstanding athletes training in the local area”.
The training camps are funded by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).
The Games kick off with the Paralympic opening ceremony on Wednesday, August 29.