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28 ParalympicGB athletes are former Back Up trust service users

The leading spinal cord injury charity Back Up Trust is proud to count 28 members of the British Paralympics team as former service users. For many, the charity offers the first opportunity to get back to being active following a spinal cord injury. Louise Wright, Back Up’s CEO, said: ‘‘We’re thrilled that Back Up’s services have helped so many to ... Read More »

#FilltheSeats – Samsung to join the campaign to support Rio 2016 Paralympics

#FilltheSeats – Samsung to join the campaign to support Brazilian children attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Samsung has announced it is donating USD 50,000 to help more Brazilian youngsters attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and to ensure the stands continue to be packed with fans throughout the Games which run from 7 to 18 of September. Samsung’s donation will support the global ... Read More »

Rio Paralympics: ‘Brazil has delivered’, say GB athletes as Games reaches half-way point

By Barney Cullum The verdict at the half-way point here in Brazil is that the Rio Games have delivered. Not my words, but the words of Paralympics GB’s top athletes. Many thought the Games might flounder due to slow ticket sales, reports of inadequate accommodation and other issues. However, swimming royalty Ellie Simmonds – who won her first Rio gold ... Read More »

Day five review/day six preview of Paralympics Rio 2016

It proved to be an exciting finish to day five in Rio as a quick-fire hat-trick of swimming victories took the tally to 28 gold medals. The day began with Will Bayley winning the men’s table tennis singles (Class 7), and celebrating by climbing on the table, hugging the umpire and jumping on his coach’s shoulders. Over in the Olympic ... Read More »

Rio Paralympics: Kadeena Cox on helping others, future goals and the ‘Kadeena the machiner’ myth

by Barney Cullum History was made here in Rio this weekend as Kadeena Cox became the first British Paralympian to win medals across two different sports at the same Games for almost 30 years. Sprint-cycling two laps of the ‘Velodromo’ in a world record time that left Dame Sarah Storey – Britain’s most successful female Paralympian – trailing behind, she ... Read More »

Running blind

By Barneu Cullum  Libby Clegg was the first member of ParalympicsGB to perform at Rio’s Olympics Stadium yesterday – and today she may become Britain’s first athlete to win gold on the track. The Scottish sprinter has a deteriorating eye condition, Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, meaning she has only the slightest peripheral vision. As of this year she’s had to compete ... Read More »

Incredible first day for ParalympicsGB finishing second in the Paralympic Games medal table

ParalympicsGB finished the opening day second in the Paralympic Games medal table after a series of incredible performances which saw the team win five gold, three silver and three bronze. There were golden successes in the pool as Bethany Firth defended her 100m backstroke S14 title, and Ollie Hynd set a new world record winning the 400m freestyle S8 final. While in the ... Read More »

ParalympicsGB cycling break records and win golds on opening night

Dame Sarah Storey, Megan Giglia and Steve Bate all broke world records in the opening track cycling session of Rio 2016 to set up an exciting evening finals session which gets underway at 20:30 GMT +1 and 16:30 local time BRST. Manchester’s Dame Sarah lined up against fellow Brit Crystal Lane, from Chelmsford, in the women’s C5 3,000m individual pursuit final after ... Read More »

Seven medals for ParalympicsGB swimmers on opening night

Seven medals for ParalympicsGB swimmers on opening night of sporting action at Rio 2016. Ollie Hynd and Bethany Firth broke world records on their way to winning gold in the pool at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s Hynd touched home in a time of 4:21.89 in the 400m freestyle S8 to improve upon his silver from London 2012 and his ... Read More »

Multiple records set by ParalympicsGB athletes on the opening night of athletics action at the Olympic Stadium

Reigning champion Jonnie Peacock was among the athletes to impress in Rio on Thursday as he won his 100m T44 heat in a new Paralympic Games record of 10.81. Peacock laid down an early marker at the start of the evening session by cruising through the first heat, eventually qualifying as the fastest qualifier for Friday’s final. The 23-year-old said: ... Read More »

Opening ceremony embraced by Brazil

Written by Barney Cullum  Faith in the continuing appeal of the Paralympic Games was rewarded last night as over 50,000 ticket-holders flocked to fill Brazil’s most famous arena, the Maracana. The opening ceremony was a true carnival, one that will be remembered for its warm light shows, tender Portuguese melodies and – perhaps more than anything else – its somersaulting ... Read More »

Rio 2016 Paralympics Games officially underway after the Opening Ceremony at Maracana Stadium

The waiting is over for ParalympicsGB athletes to take centre stage as the 15th summer Paralympic Games officially got underway following the Opening Ceremony at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.             Mr Michel Temer, the acting President of the Republic of Brazil, officially opened the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games during a colourful and vibrant ceremony ... Read More »