Just when you thought the late nights staying up to watch Scotland’s most inspirational athletes chase medals in Rio were over, they are about to command our attention again when the Paralympic Games gets under way on September 7.
sportscotland’s Sport First has now settled into its new online home and have replicated their “Scots on Team GB” Olympic infographic with a Paralympics version to illustrate who you can cheer on in Rio from a Scottish perspective.
33 Scots across 12 sports have been selected to the ParalympicsGB team for the Rio Games making up 12.5% of the total athletes selected. Rio will also see an increase of 18% in Scottish athlete numbers form London 2012 and 60% of the Scots competing in Rio will be making their Paralympic debuts.
“The Rio Olympic Games will go down as the most successful Games for Team GB and indeed Scotland,” said Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport. “I want to say a huge thank you to everybody who contributed to this success in Rio.
“We must now concentrate our attention on the final preparations for the Paralympics which is already facing additional challenges. Paralympic Team GB has a very real target of 122 medals or more and now with Russia losing their appeal there are further opportunities presenting themselves. We have 33 Scottish athletes selected, which is a record number in this modern era, and we will be supporting all our British and Scottish athletes as they also strive to make history.”