Athletics – #ScotsOnParaGB
One of Scotland’s most successful para sports, athletics provides multiple medal opportunities for ParalympicsGB as well as individual athletes. Many consider the sport to be the defining image of the Paralympic Games where athletes compete across a range of disciplines including sprinting, endurance, and field events.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will see six Scottish Athletes and one coach be part of ParalympicsGB:
- Jo Butterfield (F51)
World Record holder in the club throw and current European and World Champion. She won Bronze in the F52 Discus throw at the 2015 World Championships in Doha 2015.
- Libby Clegg (T11)
Double Paralympic Silver medallist in 2008 and 2012 in the T12 100m. Gold medallist in the T12 100m at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Following reclassification, she broke the World Record in the T11 200m at the Anniversary Games in 2016.
- Samantha Kinghorn (T53)
Current European Champion in the 100m, 400m and 800m and World Bronze medallist in the 200m.
- Maria Lyle (T35)
Current European Champion in the 100m and 200m and World Silver medallist in the 100m and 200m.
- Derek Rae (T46)
Two fifth place finishes at the IPC World Cup marathon in London 2015 and 2016 and was selected for ParalympicsGB to compete in his first Paralympic Games
- Stefanie Reid (T44/F44)
Two time Paralympian winning Bronze in the T44 200m in Beijing 2008 as well as Silver in the F44 long jump at London 2012. She is the current European Champion in the Long Jump.
Para Events Lead for scottishathletics will be one of only three wheelchair coaches accompanying 18 wheelchair performers at the Games. He currently provides coaching for nine wheelchair racers including Sammi Kinghorn and recently received an MBE for services to disability sport.
For a schedule of athletics events please follow the link below:
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on athletics for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video fact file can be viewed here:
Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to the Paralympic Sport of Boccia which can be considered as Scotland’s leading sport at the Games, with 6 athletes, 2 ramp assistants and 1 coach selected as part of the GB team.