Steadman’s place at Paralympics confirmed

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Lauren Steadman’s move to Portsmouth Northsea was justified after her place at the Paralympics was confirmed.

Steadman has made it to the Games on home soil in London this summer.

The 19-year-old will follow up her appearance at the Beijing Paralympics four years ago by swimming in the capital in September.

And the prospect of competing in front of a partisan home crowd is exciting the University of Portsmouth student, who has moved to the area from Peterborough.

Steadman said: ‘It feels so good to be selected.

‘Representing your country is a priceless feeling but to represent your country at a home Olympics is even better.

‘Beijing had a fantastic atmosphere but to have a home crowd cheering for British athletes will be amazing.

‘I’m so excited about the thought of the whole country supporting the Games either at the stadium or watching it on television.

‘I’m sure London 2012 will be the best yet.’