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Walthamstow first ever VI Bowls season in 2016 – A Great Success!

Walthamstow first ever VI Bowls season in 2016

After a successful trial in 2015, East London Vision in conjunction with Metro Blind Sport, Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club and Motivate East launched WBBC first ever VI Bowls season during 2016. Made up of 10 FREE sessions, the sessions were open to anyone living with sight loss, in East London or surrounding areas.

Bowls is not only a great game to take part in socially; it also helps improve confidence and general fitness of players. Visually Impaired Bowls England was founded in 1975 and is made up of more than 50 clubs and has around 600 members. Globally, there are 5,000 blind and partially sighted members of the International Association, which makes lawn bowls the largest outdoor activity for the blind in the world.

bowler looking left WBBC Bowls 25 August
bowler’s chatting and looking left

It is a very skilful game and involves the use of the same green and also uses the same lawn bowls, clothing and equipment as fully sighted players. Bowling for the blind and visually impaired follows the laws of the English Bowling Association, although there are some variations to the game.

Having run a successful taster session back in 2015, it was now time to run a whole season of VI bowls. An extraordinary story by all accounts, particularly when you consider that this had never been trialled in East London and perhaps above all, many of the members were pure novices to the game. As a result, therefore it was both an absolute honour and a pleasure for us to witness the development of the players on and off the rink.

Volunteer and bowler's walking forward toward played bowls
Volunteer and Bowler’s walking forward toward played bowls

We spent the first few sessions learning about the game (Rules/regulations), practicing (trying different woods) and socialising. So eager and competitive were the members that Bob Belam chairman of Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club often stated that the club could do with the vision impaired players competing in the upcoming club’s games, high praise indeed when you consider the club is on the verge of winning not one, but two league titles!

Bowler all lined up and about to bowl
Bowler all lined up and aout to bowl

After 3 solid sessions of practice, many of the members had developed outstanding skills and were playing bowls independently. One member was so overawed by the game he once loved and played as a sighted person, that he took the opportunity of becoming a member of the bowls club instantly.

“I love this game, no other club would let me in or support me the way this club has and it is thanks to you, I have now discovered and rekindled my love for bowls again”

Bowler bowling toward the camera with score board behind
Bowler bowling toward the camera with score board behind

After toiling in the splendid sunshine for 4 sessions, the members were prepared and primed to take part in competitive games of bowls against one another. The games were always friendly, but well fought, the camaraderie and the chemistry on display was something quite special indeed.

As we approached the 10th and alas the final session of VI bowls, the sadness was evident and all parties involved wish to continue to play this year and wanted to repeat the season next year.

Partnerships are invaluable in all walks of life and therefore it was pleasing to witness more than 5 of the members joined Metro Blind Sport, as a result of this project.

The 10th session started with a little bit of drizzle, making the conditions quite tricky for the now expert bowlers, however adjusting and learning was a massive part of their repertoire. So perhaps it wasn’t all that surprising when the last VI tournament started, the players were used to the conditions and were in tip top form, playing in pairs and competing over 3 ends of hard-core VI bowls!

Bowler on the Yellow rectangle lining up his shot with the guide string
Bowler on the Yellow rectangle lining up his shot with the guide string

And when the finalists came out to bowl for the Bob Belam trophy, typically they were openly welcomed to the rink by scorching British sunshine, which we have become quite accustomed to in this country.

The first 2 ends were dominated by Shahid, who incidentally was probably the best developed bowler and hit the jack many a times throughout the 10 sessions!

Bowler smiling in the sun about to bowl while facing down the bowling green
Bowler smiling in the sun about to bowl while facing down the bowling green

2 down with 1 end to go Junnette the lady who played bowls after 50 years and James who rekindled his love for the game had to pull something quite miraculous out of the bag to survive, but survive they did! After 3 spectacular ends, the scores were 2 all, consequently a 4th end had to be played and here Junette continued her sparkling form by winning the title with her partner James!

Bowlers shaking hands and smiling after the competition
Bowlers shaking hands and smiling after the competition

This was followed by a short celebration, presentation of the trophy and some thank you speeches!

Bottle of bubbly and speeches
Bottle of bubbly and speeches

The club have been phenomenal in their support and what better way than to top it all off with a world-renowned delicious cake, made lovingly by Wender Belam, the wife of Bob.

Smiling faces at a table full of cake and other goodies
Smiling faces at a table full of cake and other goodies

We would like to take this opportunity to thank, Ian Francis (Sports Development Officer) Metro Blind Sport, Both of the VI bowling experts from Metro Blind Sport, Motivate East, our members for attending and last but most definitely not least, Walthamstow Borough Bowling Club, whose continued support and effort is much appreciated, your volunteers were fantastic.

Amit, who is a Vision Impaired bowler for Metro Blind Sport attended the sessions to coach, added: “I’m so pleased that local bowling clubs want to be involved and help out. The club members were wonderful; it was like bowling with friends, who understood your needs and wants.”

A couple of the members told us that they really appreciated Transport from and to Walthamstow Central station and huge thanks to Bob Belam once again, who ensured this was put in place prior to the sessions.

On her way out one of our members told us:

“Having not played bowls because of work and lack of opportunities, it is an honour to win the final competition, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ve managed to get some brilliant photos too”

Fitzroy club Secretary added:
“I’m happy to help and support any VI bowler who wants to come and play with the club, I have enjoyed helping with the organising and managing the games”

Hassan Khan who is a project coordinator for the Thomas Pocklington-Trust stated:
“It has been an absolute pleasure in witnessing the members enjoying, competing – above all developing and making new friends, it has been hard work behind the scenes, but the partners involved have really been magnificent.  Seeing the smiles on the faces of the members, at the last session, made everything worthwhile”

–  Article by Hassan Khan

A Poke in The Eye -A new comedy show explores sight loss!

A Poke in The Eye – a new comedy show by Georgie Morell

original article from the RNIB website

There is no denying that losing your sight, especially in the early stages, can be a traumatic experience. Adjusting, and developing ways to cope, is something that takes a long time and can be incredibly stressful. Nor does all your sight necessarily go at once, or go for ever – everyone’s different and there’s no “one size fits all” template of going blind.

And throughout it all, you still need to get on with things. Sorting out work, bills, food, learning how to get around by yourself… after all, your life isn’t over. This experience is a huge learning curve, with its fair share of awkward moments and real life problems. And like all life experiences, sometimes humour pops up in the darkest places.

The review

Georgie Morell’s new one-woman comedy show, A Poke In the Eye, is based around a year in Georgie’s life when she went totally blind. Georgie has had eye conditions since birth – she was born with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis, which led to Uveitis with Secondary Glaucoma. In layman’s terms, the left eye is totally blind and the right eye still has sight, albeit with a lot of surgery. But there was a period before all the surgery that Georgie completely lost her sight in her right eye, and this experience forms the narrative of her show.

We were lucky enough to see Georgie in the act at one of her preview shows – she was then taking A Poke In the Eye to none other than the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We turned up at the King’s Head Theatre in Angel not sure what to expect. How can you make comedy out of something as serious as losing your sight?

As soon as Georgie bounds out onto the floor, you can see how she managed to find humour even in this dark period of her life. She gives off waves of positive energy and seems like a woman very much in control of her audience, engaging everyone so confidently you wouldn’t expect she only has one good eye.

A lot of the humour comes from jokes around subjects that we all know you aren’t supposed to joke about. And as she tackles such questions as “Should I fancy my doctor? And will I get a new eye that shoots lasers?” Georgie really brings home the reality of going blind through her often funny interactions with friends, family, and everyday life. It’s easy to forget that there isn’t a textbook on how to act when someone you love has a life-changing thing happen to them, and Georgie’s script particularly shines when depicting the humanity of people’s reactions, and her own less-than-angelic behaviour – something we can all relate to. There is a particular vignette involving her brother, in particular, that is fairly horrifying and gets the biggest laugh of the night.
As this is a show about being blind, the producers have incorporated few binaural elements which really help to bring it to life, although it puts pressure on Georgie with timing. Not all of these were working on the night, so we didn’t get the full effect, but hey – it’s the previews.

Georgie is lucky enough that her sight has been restored – for now. She is hugely grateful to the doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital for even getting her to this point. But she is philosophical about the future. “I did go blind, it wasn’t the end of the world, and I may go blind again.” Whatever happens, you suspect Georgie Morrell will be ready to take it on.

So what’s next? Georgie recently did an interview with Robert Kirkwood, of Connect Radio, where she talks about her Edinburgh Experience so far and her journey that led to her new life as a comedian.

Listen to the podcast

Georgie recently posted a vlog response to the RNIB film #HowISee. Watch Georgie’s film.

Live streaming of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games!

Craig Spence, the IPC’s Director of Media and Communications, said: “We’re really excited that during Rio 2016 we will be live streaming 72 hours of sport each day across 15 channels. It will mean that fans from around the world can either watch the Games on TV or on Paralympic.org. We’re really excited to be working with Dailymotion for the first time, to use their publisher network and bring the Paralympic Games to new audiences.

The live stream, which will have English commentary, will be available in around 240 territories on Paralympic.org and in around 190 territories on Dailymotion.com/Paralympics.

As well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics, track cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball,wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis will be live streamed. All other sports will feature in the daily highlights which will be streamed at 16:00 and 23:00 BRT each day, as well as two news shows, shown at 03:00 and 10:00 each day.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games day-by-day guide

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games day-by-day guide

original guide on paralympics.channel4.com

Wednesday 7th September  – Opening Cermony!

The Superhumans are back! And Channel 4 will be following every single throw, jump, race, basket and more as ParalympicsGB’s finest head out to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Following on from our BAFTA award-winning efforts of London 2012, Channel 4 is committed to broadcasting 19 hours of sport over the course of 11 days, as well as hosting the largest number of disabled presenters ever seen on UK television.

The Opening and Closing ceremonies will be hosted by Clare Balding and Adam Hills, while the latter will be alongside Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker on fronting The Last Leg, which airs every night from 8pm during the Games in front of a live studio audience.

Paralympic Games day-by-day guide

Day 1 – Thursday, 8 September

Gold medal sports – six in total

Athletics, cycling track, judo, powerlifting, shooting, swimming

Highlights

As the 2016 Paralympic Games begin, GB could immediately win their first medal in the velodrome as Dame Sarah Storey goes in the C5 Individual Pursuit final, while Megan Giglia competes in the C1-3 Individual Pursuit with both targeting a podium finish.

Shortly afterwards in the pool, Ollie Hynd and Josef Craig could bring further joy for ParalympicsGB in the S8 400m, with Harriet Lee also going in the SB9 100m breaststroke followed by * Bethany Firthand Jessica-Jane Applegate in the S14 100m backstroke.

On the track, Sammi Kinghorn will be aiming to be quick out of the blocks in the women’s T53 100m, whilst swimmers Andrew Mullen and Jonathan Fox will be on screen in the early hours of the morning in the water, hoping for triumph in the S5 200m freestyle and S7 100m backstroke respectively.

Which other Brits are in action?

It’s an action-packed opening day for ParalympicsGB with athletes going in heats and qualifying stages of their respective events. Athletics stars Jonnie Peacock and Georgina Hermitage will get their Games under way, while the 7-a-side football and basketball teams will also be beginning their respective campaigns.

In December 2015, table tennis player Rob Davies regained the number one spot in the men’s class 1, and he’ll be involved in group games with teammate Paul Davies also competing.

Asterisk * before events with Vision Impaired Paralympians taking part, for any updates or additions – please  let us know: Contact Form

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 1:

1300: Table Tennis – Aaron McKinnon, Ross Wilson (SM3 & SM8 group games)
1330: Basketball – GB v Canada (Women’s group game)
1346: Swimming – Ollie Hynd, Josef Craig (S8 400m heats)
1400: Cycling – Megan Giglia (Individual Pursuit 1-3 qualifying)
1400: Football – Men’s GB v Brazil (7-a-side group game)
1420: Table Tennis – Sara Head, Jane Campbell (SF3 group games)
1430: Shooting – Karen Butler, Lorraine Lambert (R2 10m air rifle standing)
1453: Swimming – Aaron Moores (S14 100m backstroke heats)
1501: Swimming – Bethany Firth & Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14 100m backstroke heats)
* 1514: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 100m heats)
1519: Cycling – Sarah Storey (Individual Pursuit C5 qualifying)
1524: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 200m free heats)
1540: Table Tennis – Jack Hunter-Spivey, Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (SM5 & SM6 group games)
1545: Basketball – GB v Algeria (Men’s group game)
1549: Swimming – Jonathan Fox (S7 100m heats)
1630: Shooting – Matt Skelhon, Owen Burke (R1 10m rifle standing)
1639: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 100m heats)
1740: Table Tennis – Sue Gilroy (SF4 group games)
2000: Table Tennis – Rob Davies, Paul Davies (SM1 group games)
2030: Cycling – Megan Giglia (C1-3 Individual Pursuit
2040: Table Tennis – Kim Daybell (SM10 group games)
2112: Cycling – Sarah Storey (C5 Individual Pursuit)
*2138: Cycling – Steve Bate, Adam Duggleby (Individual Pursuit B) 
2142: Athletics – Jonnie Peacock (T44 100m heats)
2144: Swimming – Ollie Hynd, Josef Craig (S8 400m freestyle)
2145: Athletics – Kyron Duke (F41 shot put)
2200: Table Tennis – Will Bayley, Sara Head, Jane Campbell (SM7 & SF3 group games)
2205: Athletics – Joshua Bain (F37 discus)
2208: Athletics – Polly Maton (T47 long jump)
2213: Swimming – Harriet Lee (SB9 100m breaststroke)
2255: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 100m)
2309: Swimming – Aaron Moores (S14 100m backstroke)
2316: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14 100m backstroke)
2320: Table Tennis – Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SM8 group games)
2334: Athletics – Zachary Shaw (T13 100m heats)
2353: Athletics – Georgina Hermitage (T37 100m heats)
0009: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 200m freestyle)
0012: Athletics – Sophie Hahn, Olivia Breen (T38 100m heats)
0040: Table Tennis – Sue Gilroy (SF4 group games)
0044: Swimming – Jonathan Fox (S7 100m backstroke)

Rest of the world

Marc Evers will be one to keep an eye when he faces Briton Aaron Moores. The Dutch swimmer is a firm favourite in Holland after becoming the first athlete with an intellectual impairment to win a Paralympic gold medal for 12 years when he was triumphant in London.

Another swimmer, Ihar Boki, is Belarus’ most successful Paralympian and he will be heading to Brazil full of confidence and hoping to build on his incredible feats four years ago, when he collected five golds and a silver medal in the Games.

Staying in the pool, South African Kevin Paul is in fine fettle after smashing the 200m breaststroke world record in the heats at the national trials, meaning he became the first South African Para-swimmer to make the able-bodied finals at nationals, even though the race is not on the Paralympic programme.

Did you know?

Dame Sarah Storey is the most decorated British female Paralympian with 22 medals. Coming into Rio aged 38, could it be her final bow? She’s competing in four events in Brazil and being the high achiever that she is, a podium finish in all four can’t be discounted.

You could say that Storey has a familiar first chapter if she caps off the first day with a medal after doing so in London four years ago. Back then, it begun a brilliant evening with swimmer Jonathan Fox also claiming gold in the backstroke.

Day 2 – Friday, 9 September

Gold medal sports – six in total: Athletics, cycling track, judo, powerlifting, shooting, swimming

Highlights

Jonnie Peacock is the headline athlete on the track in the T44 100m, with plenty tipping him to defend his Paralympic title after his main rival, Richard Browne, retired from racing only a few months before the Games. However, there’s a new rival in town – Jarryd Wallace

Peacock will follow Georgina HermitageSophie Hahn and Olivia Breen earlier in the evening, who will all be targeting medals. Wisbech-born cyclist Jody Cundy will be in the veledome with Jon-Allan Butterworth hoping to create headlines in the C4/5 Kilo race while powerlifter Ali Jawad goes in the 59kg section. Jawad’s hard work in the gym has been paying off – the Londoner has bagged golds in the World and European Championships in the last two years.

Which other Brits are in action?

There’s a sporting feast for ParalympicsGB with podium places at stake – Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott go in the B Kilo cycling with Zoe Newson competing in the 45kg powerlifting. Canadian-born Brit Stef Reid, who is part of Channel 4’s presenting team in Rio after competing, will be jumping for joy after she’s finished with her long jump final. Meanwhile, Mo Jomni will be hoping to replicate mentor David Weir’s marvellous big stage performances when he goes in the T53 100m heats.

 

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 2:

1230: Rowing – Rachel Morris (AS women’s single sculls heats)
1310: Rowing – Tom Aggar (Men’s single sculls heats)
1340: Table Tennis – Will Bayley, Jack Hunter-Spivey (SM7 & SM5 group games)
1350: Rowing – Laurence Whiteley, Lauren Rowles (TA mixed double sculls)
1352: Swimming – Jonathan Fox (S7 50m free heats)
1358: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 50m free heats)
1400: Judo – Jono Drane (-81 kilogram prelims/quarters/repechage/semis)
1400: Basketball – GB v Argentina (Women’s group game)
1400: Athletics – Mickey Bushell, Mo Jomni (T53 100m heats)
*1400: Cycling – Sophie Thornhill, Helen Scott (B Kilo)
1400: Powerlifting – Zoe Newson (-45 kilogram VC)
1403: Athletics – Abbie Hunnisett, Gemma Prescott (F32 club throw)
1404: Swimming – Sascha Kindred (S6 50m fly heats)
1410: Swimming – Ellie Robinson (S6 50m fly heats)
1421: Athletics – Graeme Ballard (T36 100m heats)
1430: Shooting – Issy Bailey (P2 10m air pistol)
1430: Rowing – Grace Clough, Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox (LTA mixed coxed fours heats)
1445: Athletics – Stef Reid (T44 long jump)
1447: Swimming – Jonathan Booth (S9 400m heats)
1450: Athletics – Jordan Howe (T35 100m heats)
1453: Athletics – Hollie Neill (F41 shot put)
1500: Table Tennis – Rob Davies, Paul Davies, Kim Daybell, Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (SM1, SM6 & SM10 group games
1501: Swimming – Tully Kearney, Amy Marren (S9 400m heats)
1504: Athletics – Zachary Shaw (T13 100m VC)
1523: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward, (S8 100m heats)
*1609: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 100m heats)
1615: Basketball – GB v Iran (Men’s group game)
1615: Shooting – Stewart Nangle (P1 10m air pistol)
1740: Table Tennis – Sue Gilroy (SF4 group games)
2000: Powerlifting – Ali Jawad (-59 kilogram VC)
2030: Cycling – Jody Cundy, Jon-Allan Butterworth (C4/5 Kilo VC)
2040: Table Tennis – Will Bayley, Jack Hunter-Spivey (SM7 & SM5 group games)
2105: Judo – Jono Drane (-81 kilogram)
2130: Athletics – Jordan Howe (T35 100m)
2136: Athletics – Georgina Hermitage (T37 100m)
2142: Athletics – Sophie Hahn, Olivia Breen (T38 100m VC)
2200: Athletics – David Weir (T54 5000m heats)
2200: Swimming – Jonathan Fox (S7 50m free)
2206: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 50m free)
2218: Swimming – Ellie Robinson (S6 50m heats)
2240: Table Tennis – Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (SM6 group games)
2254: Swimming – Harriet Lee, Alice Tai (S10 50m free)
*2258: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 100m)
2317: Athletics – Mickey Bushell, Mo Jomni (T53 100m)
2320: Table Tennis – Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SM8 group games)
2348: Swimming – Jonathan Booth (S9 400m free)
2353: Athletics – Jonnie Peacock (T44 100m)
2359: Swimming – Amy Marren
0011: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Carly Tait, Kare Adenegan (T34 100m heats)
0032: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward (S8 100m fly)

Rest of the world

Jason Smyth, the fastest Paralympian on the planet, will be a stiff opponent for Briton

Zachary Shaw

in T13 100m in the afternoon athletics session. Irishman Smyth is the current Paralympic, world and European champion and he won’t be relinquishing his crown any time soon.

Jessica Long was USA Swimming’s Disability Swimmer of the Year in 2015 and, with five golds, two silvers and a bronze medal three years in London, superiority will once again be on her mind. Shortly after 1500 BST she comes up against British duo Steph Slater and Steph Millward, who will have to be at their very best to edge Long.

Terezinha Guillhermina will be one of the stars of the show for the home crowd on the track. The Brazilian won two golds in the 2012 Games and even had nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt as her guide runner in an event last year. Although she’s not not having the best preparation for Rio after being pipped to the post in the World Campionships in Doha last year, she will still be a major threat.

Christchurch-born New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has 10 Paralympic medals to her name and adding to that collection will be on the agenda when she faces Britain’s Alice Tai and Harriet Lee in the S10 50m free.

Did you know?

Graeme Ballard will be in the T36 100m heats in the afternoon and he boasts an interesting fact relating to his previous glory. When he was born, he weighed exactly the same as his London 2012… only 980g. Also, rider Sophie Thornhill has already quashed the doubters by continuing to do well in her sport, as she was told as a youngster that she would never be able to be a cyclist.

Day 3 – Saturday, 10 September

Gold medal sports – seven in total : Athletics, cycling track, judo, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, triathlon

Highlights

More medal potential on the cards for the British team with finals aplenty taking place, and shooting star Matt Skelhon will be ready for the task ahead in the R3 mixed 10m air rifle event. Will wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft be smiling at the end of the T34 100m? The London 2012 double gold medallist, who will be racing for three titles in Rio, be joined by fellow Brits Carly Tait and Kare Adenegan, before Daniel Bramall and Toby Gold compete in the T33 100m.

The last GB athlete to win golds in two sports at a single Paralympic Games was Isabel Newstead in 1988 but Kadeena Cox could be next and she lines up in the cycling C4/5 500m VC alongside Paralympic royalty, Sarah Storey.

Which other Brits are in action?

Para-triathlete Ryan Taylor is also seeking glory, while Scottish powerlifter and former solider Micky Yule (below) will be in action in the -65kg division – four years ago, he watched London’s Closing Ceremony from his hospital bed.

Defending champion Richard Whitehead and ex-GB Invictus Games captain Dave Henson feature in the T42 200m heats, while GB’s wheelchair basketballers take on hosts Brazil, likely to feature a very partisan home crowd.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 3:

1230: Rowing – All events
1300: Table Tennis – Sara Head, Jane Campbell (SF3 group games)
1358: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 50m fly)
1400: Cycling – Megan Giglia (C1-3 500m)
*1400: Judo – Sam Ingram (-90 kilogram prelims/quarters/repechage/semis)
*1400: Judo – Chris Skelley (-100 kilogram prelims/quarters/repechage/semis)
*1400: Judo – Jack Hodgson (+100 kilogram prelims/quarters/quarters/repechage/semis)
1400: Triathlon – David Hill, George Peasegood (Men’s PT4)
1400: Football – GB v Ukraine (7-a-side group game)
1403: Triathlon – Ryan Taylor, Andy Lewis (Men’s PT2)
1420: Table Tennis – Rob Davies, Paul Davies, Jack Hunter-Spivey, Kim Daybell
*1442: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (SM13 200m IM heats)
1453: Athletics – Sabrina Fortune (F20 shot put)
1500: Swimming – Alice Tai (S10 100m backstroke heats)
1518: Athletics – Rhys Jones (T37 100m heats)
1520: Triathlon – Joe Townsend, Phil Hogg (Men’s PT1)
1545: Shooting – Matt Skelhon (R3 mixed 10m air rifle)
1600: Basketball – GB v Germany (Women’s group game)
1615: Shooting – Ryan Cockbill, Richard Davies
1623: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 400m heats)
1700: Powerlifting – Natalie Blake (-55 kilogram)
1740: Table Tennis – Will Bayley, Paul Karabardak David Wetherill (Quarter-finals)
1845: Table Tennis – Jack Hunter-Spivey, Kim Daybell (SM5 & SM10 quarters)
1930: Judo – Sam Ingram (-90 kilogram medal matches)
2000: Powerlifting – Micky Yule (-65 kilogram)
2000: Table Tennis – Sara Head, Jane Campbell, Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SF3 & SM8 group games)
2045Table Tennis – Kim Daybell (SM10 quarter-final)
*2105: Judo – Chris Skelley (-100 kilogram medal matches)
2130: Table Tennis – Sue Gilroy, Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (Quarter-finals)
2145: Judo – Jack Hodgson (+100 kilogram medal matches)
2148: Athletics – Graeme Ballard (T36 100m)
2154: Cycling – Kadeena Cox, Sarah Storey (C4/5 500m)
2156: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 50m fly)
2206: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Carly Tait, Kare Adenegan (T34 100m)
2212: Athletics – Daniel Bramall, Toby Gold (T33 100m)
2215: Table Tennis – Will Bayley (SM7 quarter-finals)
2218: Athletics – Richard Whitehead, Dave Henson (T42 200m)
2248: Athletics – Mickey Bushell, Mo Jomji (T53 400m heats)
2300: Table Tennis – Rob Davies, Paul Davies (SM1 quarter-finals)
2306: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (SM13 200m IM)
2331: Swimming – Alice Tai (S10 100m backstroke)
2333: Athletics – Polly Maton (T47 heats)
0030: Table Tennis Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SM8 quarter-finals)
0130: Basketball – GB v Brazil (Men’s group game)

Rest of the world

Norway’s Sarah Louise Rung is known for being lightning quick in the pool, picking up four medals at London 2012. With more experience under her belt, she will be primed for the big occasion at the age of 26.Blind American Bradley Snyder is a Navy war veteran, and now he’s a swimmer seeking gold. Experienced at 32-years-old and accustomed to being the best with three Paralympic medals four years ago. His philosophy in life is ‘nothing comes easily’, and aptly named swimmer Andre Brasil has worked hard for his rewards ahead of the Games. He’s heavily backed to be a victor once again on his home turf.

Did you know? 

With medals being awarded left, right and centre, one country you won’t see at the top of the podium is Russia, banned from the Games because of its “inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code”.

Grafting for four years to be in top shape your event takes serious dedication, but can you imagine the graft to compete in two? The person to ask is cyclist and sprinter Kadeena Cox, who is bidding to become the first person since 1988 to win medals in two sports for ParalympicsGB at a Games, following in the footsteps of Isabel Newstead (shooting and athletics in Seoul 1988).

Day 4 – Sunday, 11 September

Gold medal sports – seven in total: Archery, athletics, track cycling, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, triathlon

Highlights

Nottingham’s Richard Whitehead leads the GB charge, with more potential medal-winning displays expected from the rowing and triathlon teams. Neil Fachie and Peter Mitchell go in the cycling while Jo Butterfield lines up in the F51 club throw around the same time as Claire Cashmore dives into the swimming pool.

Which other Brits are in action?

As well as Cashmore, swimming firm favourites Ollie Hynd and Josef Craig will be defending their Paralympic titles, while wheelchair tennis players Gordon ReidAlfie HewittJordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker all begin their campaigns. Jessica-Jane ApplegateBethany Firth and Thomas Hamer all represent GB in the pool too, with archery and boccia also taking centre stage for the evening session.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 4:

1330: Table Tennis – Sara Head, Jane Campbell, Kim Daybell (Quarter-final)
1349: Swimming – James Crisp (SM9 200 IM heats)
1350: Rowing – Rachel Morris (AS single sculls final)
1359: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Amy Marren (SM9 200m IM heats)
*1400: Cycling – Lora Turnham, Corinne Hall (Individual Pursuit B qualifying)
1400: Triathlon – Lauren Steadman, Faye McCelland, Claire Cunningham (PT4)
1410: Rowing – Tom Aggar (Single sculls final)
1415: Table Tennis – Jack Hunter-Spivey, Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (Semi-finals)
*1416: Swimming – Rebecca Redfern, Abby Kane
1418: Athletics – David Weir (T54 5000m)
1424: Swimming – Thomas Hamer (S14 200m free heats)
1430: Rowing – Laurence Whiteley, Lauren Rowles (TA mixed double sculls)
1433: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14 200m free heats)
1447: Cycling – GB team (Mixed team sprint qualifying)
1450: Rowing – GB team (LTA mixed coxed fours final)
1451: Athletics – Rhys Jones (T37 100m)
1452: Swimming – Harriet Lee (SM10 200m IM heats)
1500: Athletics – Kyron Duke (F41 javelin)
1500: Table Tennis – Will Bayley – (SM7 semi-finals)
1500: Tennis – Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewitt (Doubles second round)
1500: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley (Singles second round)
1500-2100: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker (Doubles quarter-finals)
1500-2100: Tennis – Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin (Quad doubles semi-finals)
1502: Swimming – Ollie Hynd, Josef Craig (S8 100m free heats)
1503: Athletics – Jordan Howe (T35 200m heats)
1509: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steoh Millward (S8 100m free heats)
1520: Triathlon – Alison Patrick, Melissa Reid (PT5)
1527: Athletics – Mickey Bushell, Mo Jomni (T53 400m)
*1534: Cycling – Neil Fachie, Peter Mitchell (B Kilo)
1545: Table Tennis – Jack Hunter-Spivey, Sue Gilroy (SM5 & SM4 semi-finals)
1615: Basketball – GB v Germany (Men’s group game)
*1618: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 200m heats)
*1630: Cycling – Lora Turnham, & Corrine Hall (B Pursuit)
1657: Cycling – GB team (C1-5 mixed team sprint)
1715: Table Tennis – Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SM8 semi-finals)
1800: Table Tennis – Will Bayley, Sara Head, Jane Campbell, Kim Daybell (Semi-finals)
1940: Boccia – GB pairs (BC4 semi-final)
2100: Boccia – David Smith, Nigel Murray (GB BC1-2 semi-finals)
2115: Table Tennis – Paul Karabardak, David Wetherill (SM6 final and bronze match)
2130: Athletics – Ben Rowlings, Isaac Towers
2130: Archery – Tania Nadarajah, David Phillips (Recurve mixed team)
2133: Athletics – Jo Butterfield, Kylie Grimes (F51 club throw)
2145: Swimming – James Crisp (SM9 200m IM)
2154: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Amy Marren (SM9 200m IM)
2154: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 400m)
*2209: SwimmingRebecca Redfern, Abby Kane (SB13 100m)
2113: Athletics – David Weir, Richard Chiassaro (T54 400m heats)
2230-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles second round)
2230-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett (Doubles second round)
2230-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley (Singles second round)
2230-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker (Doubles quarter-finals)
2231: Athletics – David Devine (T13 1500m)
2232: Swimming – Thomas Hamer (S14 200m free)
2240: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14 200m free)
2250: Athletics – Polly Maton (T47 100m)
2311: Swimming – Harriet Lee (SM10 200m IM)
2332: Athletics – Richard Whitehead, Dave Henson (T42 200m)
2336: Swimming – Ollie Hynd, Josef Craig (S8 100m free)
*2338: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 200m semi-final)
2342: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward (S8 100m free)
0130: Basketball – GB v Brazil (Women’s group game)

Rest of the world

Just over a year ago, South African Ilse Hayes became the world’s fastest female Para-athlete after clocking 11.89 seconds in the T13 100m at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix, and she’ll be wanting to smash her own record. With multiple medals in her collection, American Tatyana McFadden will be aiming high in her events across many different distances, but she’ll be focusing on the T54 400m on Day 4 and she’s the clear favourite going into it. After silver and bronze in London, Aussie Angie Ballard will have to be at her maximum potential to win the coveted first gold at a Paralympics. She will be up against Brit Sammi Kinghorn in the T53 400m and it’s expected to be an exciting race with both having top-three ambitions.

Did you know?

Dave Henson is involved in the heats of the T42 200m, but few people know just how brainy he is. After returning from Rio, Henson will continue his PhD studying Amputee Biomechanics – the former British serviceman lost both of his legs while in Afghanistan. Jordanne Whiley might be pretty good on the court, but get her in front of a microphone and her vocal class shines through. The recent Wimbledon champion is also a singer in her spare time, and has just released a track on iTunes. Could her future lyrics be inspired by more silverware?

Day 5 – Monday, 12 September

Gold medal sports – eight in total: Archery, athletics, boccia, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing

Highlights

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds and shot putter Aled Davies are the leading names on a busy day for ParalympicsGB, with David Weir and Richard Chiassaro chasing a one-two in the T54 400m early in the afternoon. In the table tennis, Sue Gilroy and Will Bayley could get a medal each, whilst the Joao Havelange sStadium sees Sam Ruddock and Jonathan Broom-Edwards go for golds in the F35 shot put and T44 high jump respectively.

Which other Brits are in action?

Britain’s Boccia team might be stealing the late night limelight when they begin their team event, but before that veteran swimmer Sascha Kindred goes in the SM6 200m in his quest to add a seventh Paralympic title. Georgina Hermitage was imperious in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto earlier this year and, with a photo of her daughter Tilly on her vest that she wears for good luck, she’ll be in the T37 400m heats.

 

Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley continue their campaigns as they look to progress in the competition, and there’s football action for GB as they face a fierce group game battle with rivals Ireland for bragging rights.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 5:

1344: Swimming – Abby Kane (S13 400m free heats)
1400: Table Tennis – Jack Hunter-Spivey (SM5 final and bronze medal match)
1412: Athletics – David Weir, Richard Chiassaro (T54 400m)
1420: Athletics – Georgina Hermitage (T37 400m heats)
1445: Table Tennis – Sue Gilroy (SF4 final and bronze medal match)
1449: Athletics – Jordan Howe (T35 200m)
1449: Swimming – Alice Tai (S10 100m fly)
*1455: Athletics – Libby Clegg (T12 200m)
1456: Swimming – Jonathan Booth, Ryan Crouch, Lewis White, Matt Wylie (S9 100m free heats)
1458: Athletics – Aled Davies (F42 shot put)
1500-2100: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles third round)
1500-2100: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley (Singles quarter-finals)
1500-2100: Tennis – Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett (Doubles quarter-finals)
1503: Swimming – Amy Marren (S9 100m free heats)
1510: Swimming – Sascha Kindred (SM6 200m IM heats)
1521: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Robinson (SM6 200m IM heats)
1539: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 50m fly heats)
1545: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 50m free heats)
1545: Table Tennis – Will Bayley (SM7 final and bronze medal match)
1730: Shooting – Owen Burke (R7 50m rifle three positions)
1800: Boccia – GB pair (BC4 gold medal match)
1945: Basketball – GB v USA (Men’s group game)
2015: Football – GB v Ireland (Men’s 7-a-side group game)
2045: Table Tennis – Sara Head, Jane Campbell (SF3 final and bronze medal match)
2130: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 1500m heats)
2130: Archery – Jodie Grinham, Mikey Hall/John Stubbs (Compound mixed team)
2130: Boccia – TBC (BC1 -2, BC3, mixed pairs)
2140: Swimming – Abby Kane (S13 400m free)
2205: Athletics – Sam Ruddock (F35 shot put)
2220: Athletics – Jonathan Broom-Edwards (T44 high jump)
2230-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles third round)
2230-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley (Singles quarter-finals)
2230-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett (Doubles quarter-finals)
2230-0200: Tennis – Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill (Quad singles semi-finals)
2243: Athletics – Ben Rowlings, Isaac Towers (T34 100m)
2245: Table Tennis – Kim Daybell (SM10 final and bronze medal match)
2247: Swimming – Alice Tai (S10 100m fly)
2257: Athletics – David Weir (T54 1500m heats)
2310: Swimming – Jonathan Booth, Ryan Crouch, Lewis White, Matt Wylie (S9 100m free)
2316: Swimming – Amy Marren (S9 100m free)
2320: Boccia – David Smith, Nigel Murray, Josh Rowe, Claire Taggart (BC1-2 gold medal)
2339: Swimming – Sascha Kindred (SM6 200m IM)
2348: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Robinson (SM6 200m IM)
0019: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 50m fly)
0041: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 50m free)

Rest of the world

There’s a feast of football and basketball in Rio and there are some intriguing clashes taking place in both sports. Ukraine must overcome a vociferous crowd when they challenge Brazil, part of the night schedule. On the basketball court, Canada’s women have a tough test against Brazil while the hosts’ men’s side take on Germany in the early hours of the morning.

Did you know?

Abby Kane is one of the fresh faces on the British swimming scene and, at just 13-years of age, is the same age as Ellie Simmonds when she made her Paralympic bow at Beijing 2008. There’s a youthful look to the ParalympicsGB swimming squad with 18-year-old Amy Marren also raring to go in the pool. Could it be deja vu? On day five of the London Paralympics, Simmonds won the 200m individual medley and smashed the world record in the process. Same again four years later?

Day 6 – Tuesday, 13 September

Gold medal sports – nine in total: Archery, athletics, equestrian, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair tennis

Highlights

The incredible David Weir will be setting off for three-and-three-quarter laps around the track at 2221 BST and who would bet against him winning? The defending champion will have to contend with rival Marcel Hug, the current world champion. A duel to saviour. Ollie Hynd will be going for gold in the pool, as will Steph SlaterSteph Millward and Matt Wylie just before midnight. Furthermore, Georgina Hermitage and Hollie Arnold in the athletics with table tennis action also being one of the primetime events as well in the afternoon.

Stephen Miller’s strength will be tested in the F32 club throw competition, while concentration is the name of the game for James Bevis and colleagues in the shooting arena ahead of the R5 mixed 10m air rifle action.

Which other Brits are in action?

There are plenty of heats and qualifying action to watch out for, with

Natasha Baker starting her equestrian campaign, followed by Maria Lyle in the T35 100m heats as she aims to be rapidly out of the blocks. Dmitri Coutya and Piers Gilliver will be hoping to score highly in the fencing, while Hannah Cockroft will be going in the T34 400m heats. Meanwhile, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker are going to be a solid doubles partnership and are worth keeping an eye on.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 6:

1300: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (B), Piers Gilliver (A) (Epee pool matches)
1330: Shooting – Lorraine Lambert (R8 50m rifle)
1346: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Robinson (S6 400m heats)
1400: Equestrian – Natasha Baker team test (Grade II)
1403: Athletics – Stephen Miller (F32 club throw)
1415: Athletics – Georgina Hermitage (T37 400m)
1433: Swimming – Alice Tai (S10 100m free)
1434: Athletics – Stephen Osborne (T51 100m)
1445: Table Tennis – Aaron McKibbin, Ross Wilson (SM8 final and bronze matches)
1456: Athletics – Steve Morris, James Hamilton (T20 1500m)
1500: Athletics – Hollie Arnold (F46 javelin)
1507: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (S8 100m backstroke)
1515: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward (S8 100m backstroke)
1525: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (B), Piers Gilliver (A)
1523: Swimming – Ryan Crouch, Lewis White, Matt Wylie (S9 50m free heats)
1529: Swimming – Amy Marren (S9 50m free heats)
1545: Table Tennis – Rob Davies, Paul Davies (SM1 final and broze medal match)
1554: Athletics – Sophie Hahn, Olivia Breen (T38 400m heats)
1600-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles quarter-finals)
1600-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker (Singles semi-finals)
1600-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker (Doubles bronze)
1600-0200: Tennis – Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin (Quad doubles gold)
1625: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan (T34 400m heats)
1630: Shooting – Lorraine Lambert, Karen Butler (R8 50m rifle three positions)
1637: Athletics – Ben Rowlings, Isaac Towers (T34 400m heats)
1701: Athletics – Maria Lyle (T35 100m heats)
1800: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (Epee B semi-final and bronze medal match)
1830: Fencing – Piers Gilliver (Epee A semi-final and bronze medal match)
1915: Shooting – James Bevis, Ryan Cockbill (R5 mixed 10m air rifle)
2117: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (Epee B gold medal match)
2141: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Ellie Robinson (S6 400m)
2147: Fencing (Epee A gold medal match)
2214: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 1500m)
2221: Athletics – David Weir (T54 1500m)
2230: Archery – David Phillips (Individual recurve)
2319: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (S8 100m backstroke)
2326: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward (S8 100m backstroke)
2349: Swimming – Matt Wylie, Ryan Crouch, Lewis White (S9 50m free)

Rest of the world

Formerly a rugby union player and rower, Aussie runner

Evan O’Hanlon will be a good watch in the T38 100m. The 28-year-old has five Paralympic medals at Beijing and London, and increasing his load is on the cards. After collecting gold in the Sydney Games all the way back in 2000, it took Barbara Niewiedzial 12 years to rack up another in the previous Paralympics. Last year at the world championships, she won all three of the events she raced in (400m, 800m, 1,500m) which was the perfect preparation for when it matters most in the Joao Havalange Stadium.

Did you know?

Stars being born is what we all love to see, and no more so than on the track where ParalympicGB’s youngest track and field athlete, 15-year-old Kare Adenegan, will be lining up beside experienced pro Hannah Cockroft.

The summer has been a nervous time for many teens across the country as they await their exam results, and one of those was T35 sprinter Maria Lyle. The Scot only found out her grades recently and passed them all. There would be no better way for the double European champion to crown a fine period in her life by bagging a medal.

Day 7 – Wednesday, 14 September

Gold medal sports – nine in total: Archery, athletics, cycling road, equestrian, powerlifting, shooting, swimming, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair tennis

Highlights

Road cycling is on the agenda as Sarah Storey, Karen Darke and Megan Giglia go in the time trial in different classifications with the trio targeting podium finishes. The latter stages of the tennis has been reached with Jordanne Whiley leading the British charge, with Sophie Wells providing one of the British interests in the equestrian. GB’s wheelchair rugby campaign gets underway with a group game versus defending champions Australia, while the pool sees Bethany Firth and Hannah Russell searching for sensational displays.

Which other Brits are in action?

As well as Sophie Wells in the equestrian, 10-time Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson is in action – watch out for him, he’s one of the funniest people in the ParalympicsGB squad, every interview with Lee is entertaining. Hannah Cockroft and Kare Adenegan line up alongside each other for the T34 400m while more friendly enemies can also be found on the track as Isaac Towersand Ben Rowlings start alongside each other in the T34 800m.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 7:

1216: Road Cycling – Sarah Storey (C5 time trial)
1245: Road Cycling – Megan Giglia (C1-3 time trial)
1300: Fencing Dmitri Coutya (B), Piers Gilliver (A) (Foil pool matches)
1300: Canoe – Jeanette Chippington (KL1 kayak 200m heats)
1310: Canoe – Ian Marsden (KL1 kayak 200m heats)
1320: Canoe – Emma Wiggs (KL2 kayak 200m heats)
1330: Canoe – Nick Beighton (KL2 kayak 200m heats)
1330: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (SB8 100m heats)
1337: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Steph Millward (SB8 100m heats)
1340: Canoe – Anne Dickins (KL3 kayak 200m heats)
1345: Swimming – Michael Jones, Jonathan Fox (S7 400m free heats)
1355: Canoe – Robert Oliver (KL3 kayak 200m heats)
1355: Road Cycling – Karen Darke (H1-2 time trial)
*1400: Equestrian – Sophie Wells (Individual grade IV)
1400: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 400m heats)
1400: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 5000m heats)
1415: Canoe – Jeanette Chippington (KL1 kayak semi-finals)
*1417: Swimming – Aaron Moores, Scott Quin, Tom Hamer (SB14 100m heats)
1422: Canoe – Ian Marsden (KL1 kayak 200m semi-finals)
1424: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SB14 100m heats)
1429: Canoe – Emma Wiggs (KL2 kayak 200m semi-finals)
1430: Rugby – GB v Australia (Men’s group game)
1433: Athletics – Richard Whitehead, Dave Henson (T42 100m heats)
1436: Canoe – Nick Beighton (KL2 kayak 200m semi-finals)
1443: Canoe – Anne Dickins (KL3 kayak 200m semi-finals)
*1450: Swimming – Hannah Russell (S12 100m backstroke heats)
1450: Canoe – Robert Oliver (KL3 kayak 200m semi-finals)
1454: Athletics – Maria Lyle (T35 100m)
1515: Athletics – Sophie Hahn, Olivia Breen (T38 400m)
1522: Athletics – Mo Jomni (T53 800m heats)
1530: Table Tennis – GB men’s and women’s team (Group games)
*1542: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 50m free heats)
1545: Shooting – Matt Skelhon, Karen Butler (R6 mixed 50m rifle)
1600: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (B), Piers Gilliver (A) (Foil quarter-finals)
1600-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles semi-finals)
1600-0200: Tennis – Andy Lapthorne, Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill (Quad singles gold match)
1600-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker (Singles bronze medal match)
*1730: Road Cycling – Steve Bate/Adam Duggleby (B time trial)
1800: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (Foil category B semi-finals)
1800: Equestrian – Lee Pearson (Individual grade 1B)
1830: Fencing – Piers Gilliver (Foil category A semi-finals)
*1838: Road Cycling – Lora Turnham, Corrine Hall (B time trial)
1845: Shooting – Stewart Nangle (P4 mixed 50m pistol)
1853: Road Cycling – David Stone (T1-2 time trial)
1900: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (Foil category B bronze match)
1905: Road Cycling – Hannah Dines (T1-2 time trial)
1930: Fencing – Piers Gilliver (Foil category A bronze match)
2117: Fencing – Dmitri Coutya (Foil category A gold medal match)
2130: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (SB8 100m)
2136: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Steph Millward (SB8 100m)
2139: Athletics – Jo Butterfield (F52 discus)
2144: Swimming – Michael Jones, Jonathan Fox (S7 400m free)
2147: Fencing – Piers Gilliver (Foil category A gold medal match)
2154: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 400m free)
2159: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan (T34 400m)
2200: Table Tennis – GB men’s and women’s team (Group games)
2206: Athletics – Isaac Towers, Ben Rowlings (T34 800m)
*2206: Swimming – Aaron Moores, Scott Quin, Tom Hamer (SB14 100m)
2213: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SB14 100m)
2230: Archery – John Stubbs, Mikey Hall, Nathan Macqueen (Individual compound open)
*2236: Swimming – Stephen Clegg (S12 100m backstroke)
*2248: Swimming – Hannah Russell (S12 100m backstroke)
2307: Athletics – David Weir, Richard Chiassaro (T54 200m heats)
2347: Athletics – Laura Sugar, Sophie Kamish (T44 200m heats)
*0005: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 50m free)

Rest of the world

A mere 15-years old, Isis Holt only took up athletics in 2014 and, following two golds at the World Championships in Doha a year ago, she’s one of her country’s great medal hopes. A T35 runner, the teenager is in a rich vein of form and will want her youthful exuberance to shine through. Watch out for a cracking rivalry alongside GB’s Maria Lyle, who will be relishing the battle.

On the other end of the age scale, 49-year-old Italian Alex Zanardi is a former Formula 1 driver who lost both of his legs in a car crash. In London, he won two golds and one silver in road cycling events, and his seniority and wisdom should be an advantage for him as he aims to create headlines once again.


Did you know? 

GB haven’t won a Paralympics fencing medal since 1988 when Caz Walton claimed gold, and the long wait could finally be brought to end by youngsters Piers Gilliver and Dmitri Coutya.

Everyone loves a supportive Grandma during the Olympics and Paralympics. And table tennis squad member Will Bayley has his to thank for where he is today – she purchased his first table and he hasn’t looked back since.


Day 8 – Thursday, 15 September

Gold medal sports – Eight in total : Archery, athletics, canoe sprint, cycling road, equestrian, swimming, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair tennis

Highlights

It’s a big day of tennis for ParalympicsGB with Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley among the highlights. The duo are looking to follow up their Wimbledon joy with top spot on the medal podium.

Elsewhere, Ellie Simmonds has gold in her sights in the pool while Sophie Christiansen’s infectious smile could be shining over the equestrian arena.

And on the track, the GB women’s team will hope to get the baton round safely in their search for top spot in the T35-38 4x100m race, but the unpredictability of relays will make it fascinating viewing.

Which other Brits are in action?

Familiar colleagues Richard Whitehead and Dave Henson go in the T42 100m as the late night action hots up, with Laura Sugar and Sophie Kamlish prepped to run twice the distance.

Switching to long distance, Jade Jones has fierce competition in the T54 5000m in the shape of America’s Tatyana McFadden. But kicking the day’s superhuman efforts off will be Jeanette Chippington, Emma Wiggs and Anne Dickins who have high expectations in the canoe.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 8:

1300: Canoe – Jeanette Chippington (KL1 kayak 200m)
1308: Canoe – Ian Marsden (KL1 kayak 200m)
1316: Canoe – Emma Wiggs (KL2 kayak 200m)
1330: Swimming – Ryan Crouch (S9 100m fly heats)
1334: Canoe – Nick Beighton (KL2 kayak 200m)
1336: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Amy Marren
1352: Swimming – Charlotte Henshaw, Ellie Simmonds (SB6 100m heats)
1400: Equestrian – Natasha Baker (Individual grade II)
1410: Canoe – Robert Oliver (KL3 kayak 200m)
1421: Athletics – Paul Blake (T36 400m heats)
1536: Swimming – GB women (4x100m free relay)
1600-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett (Doubles medal matches)
1600-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley (Singles gold match)
1600: Table Tennis – GB women team 1-3 (Semi-final)
1602: Athletics – David Weir, Richard Chiassaro (T54 800m)
1608: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan (T34 800m heats)
1620: Road Cycling – Karen Darke (H2-4 road race)
1645: Rugby – GB v Canada (Group game)
1800: Table Tennis – GB men (6-8 & 1-2 semi-finals)
1800: Equestrian – Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham
1945: Boccia – All categories (Individual semi-finals)
2130: Swimming – Ryan Crouch (S9 100m fly)
2130: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 5000m)
2136: Swimming – Claire Cashmore, Amy Marren
2140: Athletics – Hollie Neill (F41 discus)
2150: Swimming – Charlotte Henshaw, Ellie Simmonds (SB6 100m)
2210: Athletics – Laura Sugar, Sophie Kamlish (T44 200m)
2230: Archery – Tania Nadarajah (Individual recurve open)
2235: Athletics – Richard Whitehead, Dave Henson (T42 100m)
2305: Athletics – Mo Jomni (T53 800m)
2336: Athletics – GB women’s sprint (T35-38 4x100m)
2342: Athletics – Stephen Osborne (T51 400m heats)

Rest of the world

Brent Lakatos is a former wheelchair basketball player with pedigree and he’ll be competing againstMo Jomni for the T53 800m title. He’s the man to beat in his classification, and having won three silver medals at London 2012, he comes to Rio with a point to prove.

He’s married to Brit Stef Reid, and bagged himself three world championship medals in 2015, proving he’s in fine form ahead of the big one.

Performing in front of his home crowd, Brazilian Felipe Gomes will have huge home support. Following his T11 200m gold at the World Championships last year, it appears to be all falling into place for Games for the 30-year-old.

Irish amputee discus star Orla Barry took gold at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto in the lead up to Rio. In the Beijing, she finished fifth in her F57 classification, while London 2012 saw her pick up a bronze. There’s one medal missing from her list – and she wants it.

Did you know?

Para-canoeist Anne Dickins has an interesting tale to tell. She was a Games Maker four years ago in London and did no sport from the time she left school until the age of 36. She’s pretty good considering her extensive period away, and now she’s the current world champion and world record holder – not too shabby!

 

When a 21-year-old Karen Darke was left paralysed from the waist down in 1993, she did something incredible in the same year.  She competed as a wheelchair athlete in the Great North Run, and has gone from strength to strength and is now a hand cyclist. Some 23 years later, Rio awaits. Incredible.

Day 9 – Friday, 16 September

Gold medal sports – 12 in total : Archery, athletics, boccia, road cycling, equestrian, 7-a-side football, goalball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair tennis

Highlights

On the penultimate full day of action, all eyes will be on the equestrian team, with Sophie Wells, Sophie Christensen, Anne Dunham and Natasha Baker all in the mix for medals. There’s track and pool events as Hannah Cockroft, Dan Greaves, Steph Slater and Steph Millward in action. David Stone and Hannah Dines compete in the T1-2 cycling road race while Nigel MurrayJoshua Rowe and Claire Taggart represent ParalympicsGB in boccia.

Whichother Brits are in action?

GB face hosts Brazil in the wheelchair rugby and there’s more happening on the tennis court with Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker together in the doubles. The bubbly personality of Natasha Baker is sure to light screens in the equestrian individual grade II event, which is followed after by table tennis.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 9:

1330: Swimming – Jonathan Fox, Michael Jones (S7 100m free heats)
1330: Road Cycling – Megan Giglia (C1-3 road race)
1337: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 100m free heats)
1344: Swimming – James Crisp, Lewis White, Jonathan Booth (S9 100m backstroke heats)
1352: Swimming – Amy Marren, Claire Cashmore (S9 100m backstroke heats)
1400: Swimming – Josef Craig (S8 50m free heats)
1400: Boccia – All categories (Bronze medal matches)
1405: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steoh Millward (S8 50m free heats)
*1410: Equestrian – Sophie Wells (Individual freestyle grade IV)
1415: Athletics – Paul Blake (T36 400m)
1500: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 100m free heats)
1507: Swimming – Andrew Mullen S5 50m backstroke)
1536: Swimming – GB women (4x100m relay medley relay)
1600-0200: Tennis – Gordon Reid (Singles medal matches)
1600-0200: Tennis – Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker (Doubles gold match)
1600: Table Tennis – GB men (Final and bronze medal match)
1627: Athletics – GB men (T53-54 relay)
1630: Boccia – David Smith (BC1 gold medal match)
1630: Archery – Jodie Grinham, Vicky Jenkins
1645: Rugby – GB v Brazil (Group game)
1700: Equestrian – Lee Pearson (Individual freestyle grade 1b)
1700: Road Cycling – David Stone (T1-2 road race)
1705: Road Cycling – Hannah Dines (T1-2 road race)
1810: Equestrian – Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham (Individual free)
1920: Equestrian – Natasha Baker (Individual free grade II)
1925: Boccia – Patrick Wilson, Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan (BC3 gold match)
1945: Boccia – Nigel Murray, Joshua Rowe, Claire Taggart (BC2 gold medal match)
2030: Table Tennis – GB women (Final and bronze medal match)
2130: Swimming – Jonathan Fox, Michael Jones (S7 100m free)
2136: Swimming – Susie Rodgers (S7 100m free)
2143: Swimming – James Crisp, Lewis White, Jonathan Booth (S9 100m backstroke)
2150: Swimming – Amy Marren, Claire Cashmore (S9 100m backstroke)
2157: Swimming – Josef Craig (S8 50m free)
2157: Athletics – Dan Greaves (F44 discus)
2203: Swimming – Steph Slater, Steph Millward (S8 50m free)
2212: Athletics – Hannah Cockroft, Kare Adenegan, Mel Nicholls (T34 800m)
2225: Athletics – Maria Lyle (T35 200m heats)
2230: Archery – John Walker, John Cavanagh (Individual W1)
2315: Boccia – Stephen McGuire, Kieran Steer, Evie Edwards (BC4 gold match)
*2338: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 100m free)
2341: Athletics – Richard Chiassaro (T54 100m heats)
0000: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 50m backstroke)
0056: Swimming – GB women (4x100m medley relay)

Rest of the world

The gold medal match is taking place in the goalball and there’s likely to be some quick, breathtaking play to admire.

Sweden aren’t renowned worldwide for their rugby abilities but they take on France in the wheelchair version and could put their names on the map. Meanwhile, a strong performance is expected from Poland’s Barbara Niewiedzal in the T20 1500m in the early evening.

And Terezinha Guillhermina’s one lap round the track should be a fast one in the T11 400m as she represents Brazil in the Joao Havalange Stadium, or will the pressure of being at home be too much?

Did you know?

GB wheelchair rugby player Ayaz Bhuta is a character, but he recently made a big change from basketball, where he was frustrated that opposition were squaring up to him when he was smashing into their chairs. But Bhuta has found the activity that suits his inner sporting aggression. He’s among friends, although he’s gone from being the ferocious one to being the smaller player in collisions, meaning he’s had to adapt his game – in his own words, he’s become more ‘annoying’. That’s what we like to see.

Day 10 – Saturday, 17 September

Gold medal sports – nine in total: Archery, athletics, road cycling, 5-a-side football, sailing, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball

Highlights

First up, Sarah Storey will be hungry for more triumph in the C5 road race. Soon after, we go from land to water as John Robertson, Helena Lucas, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas head to the marina in the sailing.

Dorset-born Paul Blake is tipped to bring home extra luggage when he goes in the T36 800m late in the evening, while Ellie Simmonds and Ollie Hynd are leading a jam-packed night of British representation in the pool.

Late into the night, Richard Chiassaro is yet again involved and he needs to be explosive in the T54 100m.

Which other Brits are in action?

The archery arena will have already seen its fair share of golds awarded, but there’s still time for Jo Frith and John Walker to provide more medal winning moments.

In the athletics, it’s Britain versus the rest of the world as Scottish 20-year-old Sammi Kinghorncomes up against Aussie Angie Ballard, while Teessider Jade Jones will be looking over at America’s Tatyana McFadden with keen interest – beating her is the main goal but McFadden is defending Paralympic champion.

Full schedule of Brits in action on Day 10:

1335: Road Cycling – Sarah Storey
1337: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Eleanor Robinson (S6 100m free heats)
1344: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (SM8 200m IM free)
1354: Swimming – Steph Millward (SM8 200m IM heats)
1400: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 800m heats)
*1406: Swimming – Stephen Clegg (S12 50m free heats)
*1411: Swimming – Hannah Russell (S12 50m free heats)
1418: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 800m heats)
*1440: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 100m backstroke heats)
1448: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 100m free heats)
1501: Athletics – Stephen Osborne (T51 400m)
*1506: Swimming – Tom Hamer, Scot Quin, Aaron Moores (SM14 200m IM heats)
1515: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SM14 200m IM heats)
1525: Athletics – Maria Lyle (T35 200m)
1531: Athletics – Richard Chiassaro (T54 100m semi-finals)
1600: Sailing – John Robertson, Hannah Stodel, Steve Thomas (Sonar)
1602: Athletics – Julie Rogers (T42 100m heats)
1630: Archery – Jo Frith, Jessica Stretton (Individual W1)
1632: Athletics – Sophie Kamlish, Laura Sugar (T44 100m heats)
1700: Sailing – Alexandra Rickham, Niki Burrell (Skud 18)
*1700: Road Cycling Steve Bate/Adam Duggleby (B road race)
*1705: Road CyclingLora Turnham/Corrine Nei (B road race)
1800: Sailing – Helena Lucas (2.4 MR)
2030: Table Tennis – GB men (Final and bronze medal matches)
2130: Athletics – Paul Blake (T36 800m)
2130: Archery – Jo Frith, John Walker (W1 open mixed team)
2136: Swimming – Ellie Simmonds, Eleanor Robinson (S6 100m free)
2136: Athletics – Sammi Kinghorn (T53 800m)
2142: Athletics – Jade Jones (T54 800m)
2143: Swimming – Ollie Hynd (SM8 200m IM)
2148: Athletics – GB men (T53-54 4x400m relay)
2151: Swimming – Steph Millward (SM8 200m IM)
2154: Athletics – Shaun Burrows (T38 400m)
*2200: Swimming – Stephen Clegg (S12 50m free)
*2206: Swimming – Hannah Russell (S12 50m free)
*2305: Swimming – Abby Kane, Rebecca Redfern (S13 100m backstroke)
2313: Athletics – Richard Chiassaro (T54 100m final)
2328: Swimming – Andrew Mullen (S5 100m free)
2331: Athletics – Julie Rogers (T42 100m)
*0000: Swimming – Tom Hamer, Scot Quin, Aaron Moores (SM14 200m IM)
0001: Athletics – Laura Sugar, Sophie Kamlish (T44 100m)
0008: Swimming – Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate (SM14 200m IM)

Rest of the world

A long jumper and sprinter, Germany’s Markus Rehm’s versatility means he very likely to get a medal, and not many would bet against him. He starts in the F44 long jump late in the evening – expect more headlines from this brilliant athlete.

Marlou van Rhijn is more than ready for the T44 100m – the defending champion was once a competitive swimmer but gave up due to lack of motivation, although that’s proving no problem for her on the athletics scene.

Following a silver and gold in London, Rhijn will be aiming to establish herself as one of the biggest names in her category. However, Britain’s Laura Sugar and Sophie Kamlish will have something to say about that…

Did you know?

Making his Paralympics debut, Stephen Clegg only started swimming properly in 2014 but he’s part of a family affair with sister Libby and brother James winning medals in the previous Games.

Day 11 – Sunday, 18 September

Gold medal sports – three in total : Athletics, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby

Highlights

With most of the action done and dusted, all that’s left is decorated Paralympian David Weir to defend his marathon gold medal.

When all the sport comes to an end, the Closing Ceremony will hand the baton over to Tokyo, hosts of the 2020 Games. Will we see Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Super Mario again?

1300: Rugby – (Men’s bronze medal match)
1630: Athletics – David Weir (Marathon)

Rest of the world

In the women’s marathon, Tatyana McFadden is eager to finish on the podium but Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida is the main rival to keep a close eye on. The 41-year-old has a wealth of experience on her side, having participated in both the Winter and Summer Paralympics.

Did you know?

In total, around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will have taken part in Rio to compete in 528 medal events in 23 different sports. Barriers are being broken too, as there’s a 9.9 percent increase in participation of women in these Games, compared to London four years ago, while athletics and cycling have both provided more events for females to win medals.

 

SPOTLIGHTs

 

Day 1 – Thursday 8th September

Spotlight on
Dame Sarah Storey a gold medallist in the pool and on the bike is back and looking to add to her already impressive list of honours, including 11 Paralympic Gold medals and 72 world records. It’s hard to see past Sarah continuing her unrivalled success in the individual C5 pursuit.

Also look out for

Megan Giglia (20.30) who only three years after taking her first steps into Paralympic cycling could become the first Gold medallist for ParalympicsGB. It could be a golden day for the team with a number of London 2012 Gold medal heroes in action. Oliver Hynd (2144) in the S8 400m freestyle, Bethany Firth (2316) S14 100m backstroke and Jonathan Fox(0044) S7 100m backstroke will all be hoping to repeat their success of four years ago. Hynd and Firth will face competition from British medal contenders Josef Craig (S8 400m freestyle) and Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14 100m backstroke).

Outside bet
20 year old Scottish wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn (T53, 100m) has been making steady progress over the last two years and has a good chance for a medal. After a fifth place in the 2014 Commonwealth Games she went on to win three Gold medals at the IPC European Championships and just a year later took bronze at the IPC Athletics World Championships.

GB vs The World
The number one ranked team in 7-a-side football, Ukraine kick off the tournament with a group game against Ireland. They’ll be a team to keep an eye on as GB progress through the tournament.

Did you know?
Sarah Storey became our most successful female Paralympian at London in 2012 but she has the chance to break the record for the number of Gold medals by a British female Paralympian. She currently remains tied on 11 with Baroness Grey-Thompson.

Day 2 – Friday 9th September

Spotlight on

He lit up the Olympic Stadium in Stratford with an electric performance winning the T44 100m, setting a new Paralympic record in the process and four years later Jonnie Peacock will step onto the track attempting to repeat his success (2353). It could be the quickest final of all time with a number of rivals all capable of running sub-11 seconds.

Also look out for
Londoner Ali Jawad, who endured a tough time in London 2012 where a judge’s decision denied him a medal in powerlifting at his home games. He goes in the -59kg (Session time is 20:00 – 21:10 ). It will also be a strong day for the women of ParalympicsGB as Libby Clegg (T11 100m, 22:52), Steph Slater (s8 100m butterfly, 00:32) and Georgina Hermitage (T37 100m 21:36) will all be aiming for gold. Stef Reid could also medal in the T44 long jump and will be a regular studio guest for Channel 4 during the Games after she has competed.

Outside bet
Zoe Newson only competed in her first Paralympic Games in 2012 winning Bronze and could once again be competitive in the -45kg powerlifting category (Session: 14:00 – 15:10) after achieving silver at the IPC Powerlifting European Championships in 2015.

GB vs The World
Jonnie Peacock is the reigning Paralympic champion but even with the absence of his great rival Richard Browne he will face a big test from home favourite Alan Oliveira and Felix Streng from Germany. It’s a loaded final with American Jarryd Wallace and Arnu Fourie the South African bronze medallist from London 2012 both capable of going under 11 seconds. It’s a day for sprinting battles as Libby Clegg will go head-to-head with Terezinha Guillhermina – expect the home crowd to be making plenty of noise on day 2.

Did you know?
Kadeena Cox was a promising track sprinter before suffering what was initially thought of as a stroke before she was later diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Day 3 – Saturday 10th September

Spotlight on
‘Hurricane Hannah’ Cockroft, a star of Paralympic athletics goes for her first Gold in the T34 1OOm (22062242). The golden girl from Halifax is aiming for three gold medals in Rio and after finding an extra level of motivation when she lost for the first time in over 300 races last year there’s a high chance she’ll achieve her goal.

Also look out for
Everyone loves the Paralympics for the variety of sports on show. Matt Skelhon who lost the use of his legs in a car accident will compete in the R3 mixed 10m air rifle prone (1545) and is one of the favourites for Gold. There is plenty of British interest in the triathlon a new sport for Rio, as well as some exciting football in the 7-a-side where Ireland take on Brazil (2300).

Outside bet
Judo is a strong sport for GB in Rio and Sam Ingram will be aiming for a medal in the -90kg (1930-2020). The veteran of two Paralympics has a Bronze from Beijing and silver from London. He’d love to medal at a third Games.

GB vs The World
17 year oldAlice Tai won bronze for the S10 100m backstroke at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and will be a major medal contender in Rio. She has progressed in every competition she has entered but will face stiff competition from Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand who has 10 swimming medals from two Paralympic Games.

Did you know?
Powerlifter Micky Yule, competing in the -65kg category, became the first Brit to win a Gold medal at the 2016 Invictus Games earlier this year. The former Staff Sergeant in the Royal Engineers even received special praise from Prince Harry.

Day 4 – Sunday 11th September

Spotlight on
Richard Whitehead, the man with the muscles, created one of London 2012’s most iconic images when he broke the T42 200m world record and will be looking to add to his medal tally (2332) at the age of 40.

Also look out for

Lauren Steadman, the former swimmer could make history as she goes for Gold in Triathlon’s first appearance in a Paralympic Games (PT4, 1400). The GB rowing team will also be aiming for Gold in the LTA mixed coxed fours final (1450). Whilst Bethany Firth and Jessica-Jane Applegate go head-to-head in the S14 200m freestyle.

Outside Bet
Paul Karbardak and David Wetherill have both positioned themselves nicely in the world rankings and stand a good chance of challenging for a medal in the men’s class 6 individual competition. (Semi-finals 1415 – 1500)

GB vs The World
Steph Millward (GB) and Jessica Long (USA) will continue the dual between the two powerhouse swimming nations as they go for Gold in the S8 100m freestyle. Steph Millward is favourite to win the title but expect Long and Maddison Elliott (AUS) will push her close.

Did you know?
Outside of her sporting interestsLauren Steadman is a talented dancer with a love for ballroom dancing.

Day 5 – Monday 12th September

Spotlight on
The nations sweetheart Ellie Simmonds will take to the blocks in the SM6 200m IM (2348) where she is aiming to win yet another Gold. Still only 21, Ellie is a ‘veteran’ of two Paralympics, Beijing and London, where she won two Gold medals in each.

Also watch out for
London 2012 bronze medallist Aled Davies goes in the F42 shotput (1458) attempting to get the Gold this time around. There could also be Gold medals for Will Bayley (Class 7 Table Tennis), the ageless Sascha Kindred (SM6 200m IM, 2339) and in Boccia (BC1-2 Mixed Team, 2320).

Outside bet
Sam Ruddock ran a personal best in the T35 200m heats at London 2012 but failed to make the final. He switched to field events and in 2015 came fifth in the IPC World Championships in shotput. If his progress continues he could be one to watch for medals in Rio.

GB vs The world
The group game between GB and Ireland in the 7-a-side football is a must see. Jack Rutter a former Birmingham City graduate captain’s the team from GB, who are an outside bet for a medal.

Did you know?
Sam Ruddock was spotted playing American Football at Loughborough University by sprint coach Joe McDonnell. He made the transition to track and field to make his Paralympic debut at London 2012.

Day 6 – Tuesday 13th September

Spotlight on
The outstanding David Weir will likely take to the track in the final of the T54 1500m, an event he won Gold at London 2012. It’s a competitive field but David Weir loves the big stage and will be aiming for nothing short of Gold again.

Also watch out for
A large contingent of British athletes will be going for Gold on day 6. Among them are Georgie Hermitage (T37 400m) competing in her first Paralympic Games, Hollie Arnold (F46 Javelin), Ellie Simmonds (S6 400m freestyle), Matt Wylie(S9 50m freestyle) and Rob Davies in the table tennis (Class 1) which could mark a successful day from the ParalympicsGB table tennis team.

Outside bet
Paul Davies, bronze medallist in table tennis at London 2012, will be hoping to add to his medal tally. His doubles team mate Rob is favourite for Gold, but Paul’s experience could tell at the important moments.

GB vs The World
David Weir 
will go against a packed field in the T54 1500m, including current world champion Rawat Tana and his old rivalMarcel Hug. Libby Clegg will continue her rivalry with Brazilian Terezinha Guillhermina this time in the T11 200m.

Did you know?
Georgina Hermitage quit sport at the age of 14 but was inspired by London 2012 and the desire to leave a legacy for her daughter. She decided she wanted to aim for the Paralympics and in 2015 broke the world record for the T37 400m.

Day 7 – Wednesday 14th September

Spotlight on

ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby squad will face Australia in their opening group game of the tournament. Australia are 2nd in the world rankings but it’s going to be a close fought encounter, particularly as GB recently won the European Championships in 2015.

Also look out for

The pool will play host to many medal hopefuls on day seven, starting with Claire Cashmore who will be eager to better her Silver from 2012 in the SB8 100m breaststroke (2136), followed by Michael Jones in the S7 400m freestyle (2144) making his Paralympic debut and looking to grab a piece of silverware. Aaron Moores, a 2012 Silver medallist, and Paralympic debutant Scott Quin, will go head to head in the SB14 100m breaststroke (2206), shortly followed by Paralympic Gold medallists Bethany Firth and Jessica-Jane Applegate in the SB14 100m breaststroke (2213). Three-time London 2012 Paralympic medallist Hannah Russell is also one to keep an eye one in the pool as she competes in the S12 100m backstroke (2248). Sarah Storey is once again the one to watch as she hopes to add to her impressive collection of golds in the C5 time trail (session time: 12:00 – 15:30 ). Athletics holds promise for first-time Paralympic competitor Kadeena Cox who will be competing in her third event of the Games, which includes athletics and track cycling, in the T38 400m (1515) and Hannah Cockroft, who remains a safe bet to claim her first Paralympic T34 400m title (2159), where she is the current World Record holder.

Outside bet

Wheelchair Fencer Dimitri Coutya (Foil B, 1650 –2117) wants to make his first Paralympics a success, following his first World Cup Gold medal in the Senior Men’s category in 2015.

GB vs The World

He won’t be competing for medals against anyone from ParalympicsGB but former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs in a racing accident, is someone to watch as he competes in the road cycling time trial. (H4 Time Trial, 1200 – 1530)

Did you know?

Stephen Clegg (S12 100m backstroke) will be the third member of the Clegg family to appear in the Paralympics after Libby and James both won medals at London 2012 in athletics and swimming respectively.

Day 8 – Thursday 15th September

Spotlight on

After claiming a doubles Bronze with Lucy Shuker in 2012, Jordanne Whiley (1600 – 0200) will be hoping to contest her first Paralympic Gold in the wheelchair tennis singles. The GB women will combine to make a fierce challenge for Gold in the Women’s 4x100m (T35-38) Sprint Relay (2336).

Also look out for

The spotlight is on Wheelchair Tennis on Day 8 with Wimbledon 2016 Wheelchair Doubles Champions Gordon Reid andAlfie Hewett on the hunt for more silverware (1600-0200). The KL1 Kayak 200m race also holds potential for more British medals as Jeanette Chippington will work towards her thirteenth Paralympic medal, while four-time World Champion Emma Wiggs (KL2 200m) and World & European Champion Anne Dickens (KL3 200m) will push for the podium (1300). Paralympic Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen will come head to head with seven-time Paralympic medallist 67-year-old Anne Dunham in Individual Grade 1a Equestrian (1800-2042). Charlotte Henshaw will be itching for Gold after she was only 0.03 seconds away from the medal in 2012 as she goes up against Paralympic legend Ellie Simmonds in SB6 100m breaststroke (2150).

Outside bet

ParalympicsGB’s Wheelchair Rugby squad is ranked fifth in the world and also came fifth in the London 2012 Paralympics. However the team will be giving everything to win a medal at Rio and have momentum on their side after winning the Rio test event. They come up against Canada, former world number 1s, in a group game match looking to progress. (1645 – 1815).

GB vs The World

In the T54 800m Richard Chiassaro and Paralympic legend David Weir go up against the greats of their sport in a highly competitive and unpredictable field.

Stat of the day

Anne Dunham is the oldest member of ParalympicsGB in Rio and has seven Paralympic medals to her name.

Did you know?

Jordanne Whiley made history twice in the space of a year when she became the first British tennis player in 2014 to win a calendar year Grand Slam in Wheelchair Tennis doubles with Japan’s Yui Kamiji and in 2015 she became the first Brit to win a women’s singles Grand Slam wheelchair tennis title.

Day 9 – Friday 16th September

Spotlight on

A Gold is up for grabs for 10-time Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson in the Freestyle Grade 1b Equestrian(1700), his second push to add to ParalympicsGB’s medal count for the tournament.

Also look out for

All eyes should be fixed on the tennis court as British No.1 Wheelchair Tennis player Gordon Reid aims for his first Paralympic medal in the Men’s Wheelchair Singles (1600-0200). Jordanne Whiley returns with her doubles partner Lucy Shuker who will be hoping to better their Bronze from 2012 (1600-0200). Also look out for James Crisp in the S9 100m backstroke (2143) and the GB Women in the 4x100m Medley Relay 34 pts (0056). Boccia London 2012 BC1 silver medallist David Smith (1630-1800) and BC4 World No.2 Stephen McGuire will both be hoping to make the finals to play for their first Paralympic Golds in Rio (2315-0035).

Outside bet

Archer John Walker, Men’s individual compound W1 (2245), had a motorbike crash in 2012 which left him with partial use of his legs and right arm, however inspired by Matt Stutzman (USA) he took on the challenge of archery and could be an outside bet for a medal.

GB vs The World

Steph Millward (GB), Steph Slater (GB) and Jessica Long (USA) will once again be competing against one another, this time in the S8 50m freestyle (2203). Expect an incredibly close race, with fractions of a second separating the personal best times of these athletes.

Did you know?

Steph Slater was training to qualify for the London 2012 Games when she was diagnosed with nerve damage in her arm which destroyed her chances of competing. However, this did not deter her from being a part of the games as she volunteered at the Aquatics centre and was extremely inspired by Ellie Simmonds and Jessica Long toreturn to competition and aim to compete in Rio.

Day 10 – Saturday 17th September

Spotlight on

Day 10 holds promise for plenty of action in the pool with Ollie Hynd being a definite watch amongst the swimmers. Hynd is sure to enter the water with confidence to defend his 2012 Gold medal in the Individual Medley 200m SM8 (2143), a title he retained in competitions spanning from 2012 to 2015.

Also look out for

David Weir along with teammates Nathan Maguire, Mickey Bushell and Richard Chiassaro will no doubt bring much excitement to the track in the T53-54 4x400m Men’s Relay in their pursuit for Gold (2148). Jo Frith and John Walker (W1 Open Mixed Team Archery), will be shooting for Gold in their first Paralympics (21550). Frith will also be shooting solo along with Jessica Stretton and Vicky Jenkins, who will be making their Paralympic debuts.

Outside bet

Eleanor Robinson will be racing against her idol Ellie Simmonds as she makes her Paralympic debut in Rio after making her British team debut earlier this year at the European Championships in the S6 100m freestyle (2136). Robinson achieved three bronzes and silver at the championships, could her form see her eclipse her idol.

GB vs The World

The heavily anticipated Womens T35 200m will see young teen rivals Maria Lyle (GB), 16, and Isis Holt (AUS), 15, battle it out on the sprint track (1525). Holt holds the World Record for both 100m and 200m T35 races, a title she stole from Lyle who will be extremely eager to win it back in Rio.

Did you know?

Maria Lyle discovered her talent for running in a school bleep test, when she was shocked to be the last one running.

Day 11 – Sunday 18th September

Spotlight on

Six time Paralympic Champion David Weir will be aiming to reclaim the Paralympic Gold for the T54 Marathon (1630 – 1830) as he comes up against fellow Brit Simon Lawson.

Also look out for

The Rugby Bronze Medal Match which has the potential to include the team from Great Britain, will take place at 1300.

Did you know?

David Weir runs an academy along with coach Jenny Archer called the Weir Archer Academy with the aim of encouraging and inspiring those with disabilities to take part in sport.