With a total of 67 medals around British necks, Team GB finished second in the overall medals standings at the Olympic Games, behind the US, and ahead of China. That’s got us all excited about seeing Team GB at the Paralympics, set to kick off in Rio in September.
Team GB have never finished outside of the top 5 at the Paralympic Games.
TeamGB has too many great athletes competing to go into detail about each of them, so we thought we’d pick a decent selection, and get the celebrations started early. So that you don’t miss it, remember that the 2016 Paralymic Games starts on 7th September and runs until 18th September. You can watch the whole competition live on Channel 4.
TeamGB at the Paralympic Games
We’ll be competing in the following events:
- Boccia (bowls)
- Table tennis
- Wheelchair basketball
- Wheelchair tennis
- Wheelchair fencing
- Wheelchair rugby
Stef Reid, Long Jump
Stef Reid is a five-time world record-holder, in the long jump and 200m sprint. She competes with a blade, after losing her right foot at 16 in a boating accident. As a motivational speaker, Stef is also an awesome inspiration for aspiring Olympians and Paralympians. Check out the video above to see Stef smash the world long jump record for her class.
Neil Fachie MBE, Para-Cyling
Paralympic Champion, double world champion, double commonwealth champion and double world record-holder — Scotland’s Neil Fachie is big time. Neil competes in the tandem cycle, alongside a partner, known as a pilot, who acts as Neil’s eyes since he’s visually impaired.
Sam Ingram, Judo
Judo is badass regardless, but try doing it with no central vision. That’s what TeamGB’s Sam Ingram does, and not only that, he’s won six major medals in process. Ingram took bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and silver at the 2012 London Paralympics. Looking forward to seeing him smash it in Rio this year.
Ali Jawad, Powerlifting
A couple of things: Try to imagine bench pressing 194kg, then, try to imagine doing it with no legs to ground you or provide counterbalance. That’s what Ali Jawad does. Oh, and we forgot to mention that Jawad also battles Chron’s Disease, which is not conducive to muscle and strength gains. Nothing but absolute respect for this dude.
Ellie Simmonds OBE, Swimming
One of the most decorated Paralympic swimmers of all time, Simmonds took two gold medals at the 2008 Games, and gold, silver and bronze at the 2012 Games. She set a new world record in 2015, in the 200m individual medley, so it’s a safe bet that she’ll be on top form for Rio. We’re expecting some serious metal to come back on the plane with Ellie this year.
We could go on and on here, really, but to check out the rest of TeamGB, visit the Paralympics website, and don’t forget to tune in from 7th – 18th September to watch all of our athletes go to town!