Earlier this month we celebrated Team England's contributions to Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and now it's time for the Paralympic Games.
From 24th August athletes will get the opportunity to represent ParalymicsGB in Japan, and we are extremely proud to celebrate the former Team England stars competing for GB, as well as highlighting some familiar names to look out for.
Here are some facts and figures* about Team England athletes at the Paralympics:
- 11 ParalympicsGB athletes have represented Team England at a previous Commonwealth Games.
- 9 of the 11 para-athletes have medalled in a previous Commonwealth Games
- 2 of the para-athletes have competed at both Gold Coast 2018 and Glasgow 2014
- Helen Scott (para cycling) – Won 2 x gold in 2018 and 2 x gold in 2014
- Ali Jawad (para powerlifting) – Won bronze in 2018 and bronze in 2014
- Ali Jawad, Commonwealth Games England board member, has represented Team England at two Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast 2018 & Glasgow 2014)
- Dame Sarah Storey MBE was the first para cyclist to represent Team England against non-disabled athletes at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games
- Louise Sugden, Gold Coast 2018 para powerlifting silver medallist, is going to her third Paralympics, having represented GB in wheelchair basketball at Bejing 2008, and London 2012
- It will be her first as a para powerlifter
- We have representatives from 5 sports – para swimming, para athletics, para cycling, para powerlifting and para table tennis
- The remaining list of para-athletes who are representing ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Games, who also competed at Gold Coast 2018
- Ellie Robinson (para swimming) – won gold in 2018
- JohnBoy Smith (para athletics) – won silver in 2018
- Nathan Maguire (para athletics)
- Richard Chiassaro (para athletics)
- Sophie Hahn MBE (para athletics) – won gold in 2018
- Zoe Newson (para powerlifting) – won bronze in 2018
- Ross Wilson (para table tennis) – won gold in 2018
We cannot wait to watch our athletes competing on this international stage, and cheer them on along with the rest of the ParalympicsGB team.
Keep a lookout on our social channels for our next Generation 22 athletes, some of whom will be competing in Tokyo. You will get the opportunity to learn more about their backgrounds, successes and what is driving them forward as we look ahead to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.