It’s time for London 2017 – the World Para Athletics Championships have arrived!
The World Para Athletics Championships in London have finally arrived! 10 days of action will get underway this evening (14 July) as Great Britain look to follow up on last summer’s track and field success at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games. Here's a day-by-day competition schedule which highlights when each SportsAid athlete (of which there are 37!) will be competing throughout the Championships.
That figure contains five currently supported SportsAid athletes in Rhys Jones, Jade Jones, Zak Skinner, Martina Barber and James Hamilton. Since the London 2012 Paralympics, a total of 32 athletes have been given help by SportsAid while 31 competed in Rio. You’ll find a day-by-day competition schedule, below, which highlights when each SportsAid athlete will be competing throughout the Championships. Please note – certain final appearances will be subject to progression through the heats.
Tim Lawler, Chief Executive of SportsAid, has written about the importance of 'adjusting, adapting and pushing on' in the programme for this evening's annual SportsBall. The welcome notes see him talk about how SportsAid is diversifying its approach and the charity's exciting plans for the future. He also emphasises the importance of 'seeing the person, not just the athlete' as the next generation of British sports stars progress.
The anticipation is building for finalists Beth Shriever, Craig Boardman and Holly Dunford as they wait to discover which of their successful sporting years will culminate in receiving SportsAid's prestigious One-to-Watch Award. There were more than 1,000 rising British stars to choose from, all supported by the charity, but one of the trio will be crowned the winner at the annual SportsBall this evening (23 November).
SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award shortlist has now been reduced to a final three as BMX cyclist Beth Shriever, wheelchair racer Craig Boardman and rower Holly Dunford compete for this year's crown. The winner will be revealed at the charity's annual SportsBall in London next Thursday (23 November) with Beth, Craig and Holly - selected from over 1,000 rising British stars - due to be in attendance for the big announcement.