By Mike Rowbottom

Peter Norfolk_18_JuneJune 19 - Peter Norfolk will seek a third consecutive Paralympic after being named today as one of 10 wheelchair tennis players selected for the 2012 ParalympicsGB team.

The "Quadfather" (pictured top), whose mastery of the event's quad division was reflected in his dominance at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Games at which he won two golds, a silver and a bronze, is the current world number-two.

He will, therefore, be a talismanic figure for the team as it competes at Eton Manor within the Olympic Park in just over 70 days' time.

"I am so excited to compete in my third Paralympic Games," Norfolk said.

"I have worked incredibly hard over the years and competing at the Paralympics always makes the previous four years of training, travelling and sacrifices feel worthwhile.

"At a home Games, there will be a lot of pressure on us to perform to our best, but the home support should boost us and if we can play to the crowd then we can be successful."

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Also competing in the quad events will be world number-four Andy Lapthorne and former Marine Jamie Burdekin (pictured above), who won bronze alongside Norfolk in the quad doubles in Beijing.

"I am honoured with the news that I have been selected to represent my country at London 2012," Burdekin said.

"I haven't rested on my laurels; every tournament in the run-up to selection was important to me.

"To be confirmed as part of this elite squad of athletes represents a massive achievement for me."

In the men's events, the other selected athletes are Gordon Reid, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson and Alex Jewitt.

Reid, who made his Games debut in Beijing four years' ago, commented: "I am overwhelmed by the news.

"It has been a hard few years with so many hours of training, but everything will have been worthwhile when I get to pull on a ParalympicsGB shirt and represent my country on the biggest stage possible."

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In the women's singles events, Jordanne Whiley (pictured above) and Lucy Shuker both return to the team to notch their second Games appearance, while Louise Hunt will be making her Games debut.

Whiley's father, Keith, also competed for Britain at the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York, winning a bronze medal on the track.

Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: "Wheelchair tennis, like its Olympic counterpart, has one of the most intense international competition circuits of any Paralympic sport, and these players spend weeks at a time abroad, training and competing in order to get themselves into the best possible shape both physically and tactically.

"They give up so much in their lives and sacrifice so much in order to dedicate themselves to their sport, and so it is a great honour to be able to reward all their hard work by confirming their selection to ParalympicsGB."

Wheelchair tennis team leader Paul Regan added: "We are pleased to announce our 10 athletes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, all of whom have qualified on merit, and due to the hard work, dedication and commitment they have shown within this cycle."

The announcement brings the total number of athletes selected for ParalympicsGB to 183 along with two sighted goalkeepers.

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