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.
Shannon Hylton sent her twin sister Cheriece and close friend Dina Asher-Smith (and probably many more!) into tears after she stormed to the 200m title at the British Athletics Team Trials earlier this month. The stunning victory, in which she equalled her lifetime best of 22.94 seconds, saw her guarantee her place on the start line at the forthcoming London 2017 IAAF World Championships as she was crowned British champion.
Great Britain rowing legend Heather Stanning retired last November as a double Olympic, double World, quadruple World Cup and double European champion. The 32-year-old, no longer having a strict training and competition regime to follow, ran the London Marathon earlier this year and is now gearing herself up for this weekend's RideLondon where she will ride for Team SportsAid with her partner Jonny.
Current SportsAid athletes Jessica Turner (pictured), Shannon Hylton and Zak Seddon have been named in the 80-strong team set to represent Great Britain at next month’s IAAF World Championships in London. They are joined by 38 members of SportsAid’s alumni, including ‘double, double’ Olympic champion Mo Farah, plus three TASS athletes being supported this year – Callum Wilkinson, Cameron Chalmers and Sarah McDonald.