Following Manchester’s success at the Olympics, the Paralympians from the city did not disappoint! Team GB gained an astonishing 10 medals (6 – Gold, 2 – Silver, 2 - Bronze) in the worldwide competition between 4 of the Manchester based athletes. With Laurie Williams and Jordanna Bartlett just missing out on a Bronze medal in the wheelchair Basketball, where they lost to the Netherlands 76 – 34 in the fight for 3rd position.
51-year-old John Stubbs MBE, won a silver medal alongside team mate Jodie Grinham in the archery mixed team open compound event. Ecstatic John, expressed that even though they just lost out on the gold position to China, he sees silver as a notable achievement. John is now looking forward to the future with hopes he can gain a place in the Tokyo Paralympics and have the chance to add to his accomplishment from Rio 2016.
Gold medalist, Dame Sarah Storey, collected 3 of her 14 Gold medals this
year at the Rio Paralympics. Victories in the 3000m Individual Pursuit, Time Trial and Road race, boosted Sarah’s medal count and making her the most successful female Paralympian ever.
Sports Scholar from Manchester Metropolitan University, Helen Scott is a 2016 Paralympic double medallist in cycling. Able bodied Helen, is the pilot to visually impaired cyclist, Sophie Thornhill. The pair smashed the 1000m time trial and came out victorious, gaining them their Gold medal and a Paralympic record with a time of: 1 minute 06.283 seconds. Following this they came 3rd in the 3000m individual pursuit winning a Bronze medal and their second medal of the games.
Kadeena Cox, also a Sports Scholar from Manchester Metropolitan University, raked in 4 medals for team GB at Rio 2016 in both Cycling and Athletics. With her success in both sports, Kadeena has become the first Briton in 28 years to gain medals in two sports at the same Games. On top of this she is the first person in 32 years to win a Gold medal in two sports in one Paralympics. Fighting her multiple sclerosis Kadeena adopts a carpe diem attitude and expresses that she will never let her life revolve around her chronic illness, instead she will make it revolve around her life. Her fantastic attitude and story was all summed up when she was asked to be the GB flag bearer in the closing ceremony.
A fantastic outcome for our Manchester athletes. We definitely have the right to be a proud sporting city! If you enjoyed this blog why not check out what's happening at sports direct.