Dealer helps Paralympians

Time 8:16 am, August 28, 2012

AN EXETER car dealer is the driving force behind the Ghanaian Paralympic squad’s quest for glory at London 2012.

Seat dealer SMC Exeter backed the squad, which has been based in the city in the run-up to the Games, with the loan of a seven-seat Alhambra MPV.

Emblazoned with the African nation’s colourful flag, the multi award-winning vehicle is being used to ferry the athletes.

And it is hoped the sponsorship – a new totally new experience for Paralympic athletes from the impoverished nation – will significantly boost their chances of being among the medals when the Games get underway on August 29.

Team coach Alex Main said: ‘The Paralympic Spirit is very much alive in Exeter. The response and support for the athletes from across the community, including the team at SMC Exeter, has been incredible.

‘As a result, the athletes have been given a fantastic opportunity to reach the Paralympic Games in peak condition.’

Being involved with the Ghanaian Paralympians has caused great excitement at SMC Exeter’s Marsh Barton showroom, where staff will be cheering the athletes from their adopted nation on throughout the Games.

Nick Mitchell, SMC Exeter managing director, said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be playing our part in the brilliant atmosphere surrounding London 2012 and in helping these athletes realise their dreams.’


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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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