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London 2012: Grampian Police officer Fiona Duncan set for Paralympics

Fiona Duncan and Lora Turnham
Image caption Fiona Duncan (left) is paired with Lora Turnham

An officer from Grampian Police has been chosen to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics in the cycling.

Pc Fiona Duncan, of Aberdeen, will pilot a racing tandem bike in the road and track cycling events for blind athlete Lora Turnham from Liverpool.

She said: "This is a massive honour for me and for Lora, to represent Britain at a home games."

The pair have been training and racing together for the past 18 months.

The officer, who was born in Glasgow and was raised in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, explained: "We are determined to achieve the best results we possibly can and the support we have received from our coaches, family, friends and colleagues has been tremendous.

"The buzz around the Olympics and Paralympics being held in Britain has been fantastic and to be part of that as an athlete is something very special and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in a home games."

Her racing partner added: "Fiona and I are a really good partnership, we are very much in tandem with one another both on and off the bike and that has really helped us to get the results we have been getting.

"I think we have both learned a lot from each other and together we are a really strong unit."

They will ride the 1km time trial on 31 August, the 3km pursuit on 2 September, and the road events on 5 and 8 September.

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