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.
Chris Baillieu MBE stepped down as the Chair of SportsAid at the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier today (19 January). His decision brings to an end a six-year tenure in which Chris has overseen many key landmarks in SportsAid’s history. Chris is being succeeded by Mark Lillie, a Technology Consulting Partner at Deloitte UK, who has been involved with SportsAid for more than a decade.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) has announced a new partnership with mental health experts Cognacity. More than 500 student-athletes are now benefitting from round the clock access to a national network of psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors as TASS enhances the existing service it provides to talented sportspeople as they balance the demands of a dual career.
Double junior world champion Tom Pidcock’s incredible year in 2017 has led to him being awarded Great Britain Cycling Team Rider of the Year. The 18-year-old won multiple honours throughout the last 12 months but his stand-out achievements were becoming junior cyclo-cross world champion and the junior road time trial world title holder. Tom, who received SportsAid support in 2015, took 28.72% of the 5,800 votes.