We’ll discover what it was like competing without crowds, hear about life in the Athletes’ Village and relive the stand-out moments for ParalympicsGB which captured the nation’s attention. We’ll look at the reception the team received back home and discuss the impact of a three-year cycle ahead of Paris 2024. We’ll also delve into how the next generation of para athletes are identified, highlight the growing popularity of the Paralympic movement and why increased exposure can help inspire more disabled people to take up sport.
Our first guest on this episode is Alasdair Donaldson - the Paralympic Talent and Development Manager at British Triathlon.
He acts as the sport’s Operational Lead for the Paralympic Games - where the team won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal in Tokyo. Alasdair joined British Triathlon in 2013 and leads the delivery of Talent ID programmes to help identify the next generation of para triathletes. Prior to this, he was an Endurance Coach at UK Athletics where he worked at the World University Games and the Youth Olympics.
Our second guest is Fabienne Andre - a wheelchair racer who made her ParalympicsGB debut in Tokyo.
She competed in the T34 Women's 100m and 800m - coming fifth and fourth respectively. Earlier this year, she won gold in the 100m and 800m at the World Para Athletics European Championships. Fabienne was previously a highly successful swimmer - winning bronze and three silver medals at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in 2018. The 25-year-old works as a Physiotherapist Assistant at the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.