After an incredible Tokyo 2020 Paralympics we thought we would celebrate the successes of the ParalympicGB athletes who have previously competed for Team England, as well as highlighting the victories in some of the events that will be part of the Birmingham 2022 programme.
Here are some facts and figures:
- Of the 22 para sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, 6 will feature at the B2022 Commonwealth Games (Para swimming, para athletics, para cycling, para powerlifting, para table tennis and para triathlon).
- Out of the 6 sports, Team England had representatives in 5 of the sports where athletes have previously competed at a Commonwealth Games.
- 11 ParalympicsGB athletes have represented Team England at previous Commonwealth Games.
- Of the 11 ParalympicsGB athletes that have represented Team England at previous Commonwealth Games, 6 medalled at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics (some as part of teams).
- Dame Sarah Story, who was the first disabled cyclist to compete for England at 2010 Commonwealth Games, won gold in the Women’s C5 3000m Individual Pursuit, C4-5 Women's road race & C5 Women's road time trial. Making her Britain's most successful Paralympian.
- Helen Scott, 2 x Commonwealth Games para cyclist, won silver in the Women’s B 1000m Time Trial. This was Helen Scott’s 5th Paralympic medal as a sighted pilot.
- Ross Wilson, who won gold at Gold Coast 2018, won bronze in the Men’s table tennis team event.
- Para powerlifter Louise Sugden, who has represented ParalympicsGB twice before in wheelchair basketball and won silver at Gold Coast 2018, won bronze in the Women’s -86kg category.
- Para athlete Sophie Hahn, who won gold at Gold Coast 2018, won gold in the Women’s 100m T38 event.
- Now a 2 x Olympian, para athlete Nathan Maguire, won silver in the 4x100m universal relay.
- Ali Jawad, 2 x Commonwealth Games para powerlifter and Commonwealth Games England board member, finished in a very respectable 6th place in the Men’s -59kg category.
- 7 golds were won by English athletes who have not yet competed for Team England yet, in events that will be part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games schedule:
- Reece Dunn in the S14 200m Freestyle & the Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
- J-J Applegate and Jordan Catchpole were also part of the gold medal winning Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team
- Maisie Summers-Newton won gold in the SB6 100m Breaststroke
- Thomas Young won the T37/38 100m gold
- Hannah Cockcroft 100m T33/34
We are so unbelievably proud of our Paralympians, and cannot wait to welcome many more to Team England next year!