It’s time for London 2017 – the World Para Athletics Championships have arrived!
The World Para Athletics Championships in London have finally arrived! 10 days of action will get underway this evening (14 July) as Great Britain look to follow up on last summer’s track and field success at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games. Here's a day-by-day competition schedule which highlights when each SportsAid athlete (of which there are 37!) will be competing throughout the Championships.
That figure contains five currently supported SportsAid athletes in Rhys Jones, Jade Jones, Zak Skinner, Martina Barber and James Hamilton. Since the London 2012 Paralympics, a total of 32 athletes have been given help by SportsAid while 31 competed in Rio. You’ll find a day-by-day competition schedule, below, which highlights when each SportsAid athlete will be competing throughout the Championships. Please note – certain final appearances will be subject to progression through the heats.
Halfpipe hopeful Peter Speight is in the form of his life as he looks to make a big impression at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics tomorrow. He is one of Britain’s leading freestyle skiers and has been earmarked by many as an outside bet to bag a medal. Coming into the competition on the back of a fourth-placed finish at the Halfpipe World Cup event in China – his best result yet – the 25-year-old is in buoyant mood.
Aerials expert Lloyd Wallace spends nine months of the year living out of a suitcase, but that’s a sacrifice the resilient skier is more than willing to make in order to realise his Olympic dream. “Headphones, a stash of cashew nuts and a good book,” are - aside from skiing gear - the essential items required to hack the globe-trotting lifestyle of a freestyle skier, according to SportsAid alumnus and previous TASS beneficiary Lloyd.
Reigning skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold is looking to make history in PyeongChang by becoming the first ever British athlete to defend their title at a Winter Olympics. Her campaign begins today, with the final two runs scheduled for tomorrow, as she aims to peak at the right time following her return to the sport little over a year ago. One of Lizzy’s biggest competitors will be Laura Deas - representing Team GB at her debut Olympics.