The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced that the ParalympicsGB leadership team structure utilised so successfully at London 2012 and Sochi 2014 will be implemented once more for Rio 2016. Led by President and Head of Delegation Tim Reddish, the BPA’s Director of Sport, Penny Briscoe has been named as the team’s Chef de Mission and CEO Tim Hollingsworth as Secretary General.
This weekend Paralympic, World and Commonwealth medallists will be in Manchester for the British Gas Disability Open Short Course Swimming Championships. For the first time in its event history, the Aquatics Centre will play host to the country’s best in Para-Swimming. They include European champion Steph Slater, World Champion Amy Marren, London 2012 double gold Paralympic medallist Eleanor Simmonds OBE, six-time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred OBE and Commonwealth bronze medallist Erraid Davies.
The British Curling Wheelchair Squad has arrived in Richmond, BC. The team consisting of the 2014 Paralympians Aileen Neilson, Gregor Ewan, Robert McPherson, Jim Gault and Angie Malone are in North America for three weeks of training and competition.
Britain’s leading elite paratriathletes Phil Hogg and Lauren Steadman collected the British Triathlon Elite Paratriathlete of the Year awards at the annual British Triathlon Awards Evening, hosted at Loughborough University on Friday evening (14 November 2014).
Those looking to take it up a gear in 2015 can now sign up to take on the UK’s ultimate cycle challenge, the Deloitte Ride Across Britain (Deloitte RAB), by registering for a place to fundraise for the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said it is pleased with the "significant progress" made by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee following completion of a sixth IPC Project Review.
GB athletes are preparing for the UK Para-Powerlifting Open, the leading competition for disability bench press in the UK, which takes place on Sunday December 7 at Middlesex University.
Thirty-four athletes have been invited to join the British Athletics Futures Programme for 2014-15 with seventeen new athletes added to the list.