SPORTSAID ALUMNI WIN IMPRESSIVE 94 MEDALS AT TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES

SportsAid alumni won 26 gold, 33 silver and 35 bronze medals as they starred for ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games! The 94 podium finishes claimed by beneficiaries of the charity's support came across 17 different sports and made up 76% of the country’s medal return. Swimming was the best performing sport for SportsAid alumni with 22 medals, track and road cycling bringing home 17 combined, and 16 coming from athletics.
06 September, 2021

SportsAid alumni won 26 gold, 33 silver and 35 bronze medals as they starred for ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games! The 94 podium finishes claimed by beneficiaries of the charity's support came across 17 different sports and made up 76% of the country’s medal return. Swimming was the best performing sport for SportsAid alumni with 22 medals, track and road cycling bringing home 17 combined, and 16 coming from athletics.

ParalympicsGB finished second in the medal table behind China. The contribution made by SportsAid alumni towards ParalympicsGB’s 124 medals would place the charity in fifth ahead of powerhouse nations including Netherlands, Ukraine, Brazil and Australia. Cycling sensation Sarah Storey, 43, was the first member of our alumni to win a medal as she was crowned champion in the women’s C5 3,000m individual pursuit….and badminton star Krysten Coombs, 30, wrapped up the Games as he took bronze in the men’s SH6 singles.

165 members of ParalympicsGB previously received financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities from SportsAid. Since 1976, the charity acted as the major source of funding for the country’s top athletes before the arrival of the National Lottery in 1997. UK Sport’s formation led to SportsAid focusing on helping talented young sports stars at a crucial point in their development….and fundraising has been a key income stream in allowing the charity to do this.

Fancy supporting the next generation of Paralympic heroes as they strive to reach Paris, Milano Cortina, Los Angeles and beyond? You can help them on their journey by joining the #MyMiles Challenge this September as we aim to raise £45,000 during SportsAid Week! It’s our 45th anniversary and we are encouraging our supporters to undertake their own physical activity, individually or collectively, linked to the numbers 45, 450, 4,500 or 45,000….and seek donations for their efforts!

Here’s the list of SportsAid alumni who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Paralympics....

GOLD (26/41)

Sarah Storey
Cycling
Women's C5 3,000m Individual Pursuit

Tully Kearney
Swimming
Women's S5 100m Freestyle

Maisie Summers-Newton
Swimming
Women's SM6 200m Individual Medley

Piers Gilliver
Wheelchair Fencing
Men's Individual Epee - Category A

Hannah Russell
Swimming
Women's S12 100m Backstroke

Neil Fachie, Matt Rotherham
Cycling
Men’s B 1,000m Time Trial

Lora Fachie, Corrine Hall
Cycling
Women’s B 3,000m Individual Pursuit

Jody Cundy
Cycling
Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint

Maisie Summers-Newton
Swimming
Women’s SB6 100m Breaststroke

Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Appleton, Jordan Catchpole
Swimming
Mixed S14 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Lauren Steadman
Triathlon
Women’s PTS5

Lauren Rowles, Laurence Whiteley
Rowing
PR2 Mixed Double Sculls - PR2Mix2x

Giedre Rakauskaite, James Fox
Rowing
PR3 Mixed Coxed Four - PR3Mix4+

Chris Skelley
Judo
Men’s -100kg

Aaron Phipps, Ayaz Bhuta, Gavin Walker, Jack Smith, Jim Roberts, Kylie Grimes, Nicholas Cummins, Ryan Cowling
Wheelchair Rugby

Natasha Baker, Sophie Wells
Equestrian
Team Test to Music

Andrew Small
Athletics
Men’s T33 100m

Phoebe Paterson Pine
Archery
Women’s Individual Compound Open

Sarah Storey
Cycling (Road)
Women's C5 Time Trial

David Smith
Boccia
BC1 Mixed Individual

Sarah Storey
Cycling (Road)
Women’s Road Race C4-5

Bethany Firth
Swimming
Women’s S14 100m Backstroke

Dan Pembroke
Athletics
Men’s F13 Javelin Throw

Owen Miller
Athletics
Men’s T20 1,500m

Emma Wiggs
Canoeing
Women’s VL2

Charlotte Henshaw
Canoeing
Women’s KL2

SILVER (33/38)

Crystal Lane-Wright
Cycling
Women's C5 3,000m Individual Pursuit

Adam Duggleby
Cycling
Men's B 4,000m Individual Pursuit

Tully Kearney
Swimming
Women's S5 200m Freestyle

Aileen McGlynn, Helen Scott
Cycling
Women's B 1,000m Time Trial

Jody Cundy
Cycling
Men's C4-5 1,000m Time Trial

Sophie Wells
Equestrian
Individual Test - Grade V

Bethany Firth
Swimming
Women's S14 200m Freestyle

Natasha Baker
Equestrian
Individual Test - Grade III

James Ball, Lewis Stewart
Cycling
Men’s B 1,000m Time Trial

Grace Harvey
Swimming
Women’s SB5 100m Breaststroke

George Peasgood
Triathlon
Men’s PTS5

Kare Adenegan
Athletics
Women’s T34 100m

Will Bayley
Table Tennis
Men’s Singles - MS7

Elliott Stewart
Judo
Men -90kg

Louise Fiddes
Swimming
Women’s SB14 100m Breaststroke

Ellie Challis
Swimming
Women’s S3 50m Backstroke

Dimitri Coutya, Oliver Lam-Watson, Piers Gilliver
Wheelchair Fencing
Men’s Foil Team Event

Natasha Baker
Equestrian
Individual Freestyle Test (Grade III)

Crystal Lane-Wright
Cycling (Road)
Women's C5 Time Trial

Lora Fachie, Corrine Hall
Cycling (Road)
Women's B Time Trial

Bethany Firth
Swimming
Women's SM14 200m Individual Medley

Becky Redfern
Swimming
Women’s SB13 100m Breaststroke

Crystal Lane-Wright
Cycling (Road)
Women’s Road Race C4-5

Samantha Kinghorn
Athletics
Women’s T53 400m

Will Bayley
Table Tennis
Men’s MT6-7 Team Event

Sophie Unwin, Jenny Holl
Cycling
Women’s B Road Race

Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Tennis
Men’s Doubles

Stephen Clegg
Swimming
Men’s S12 100m Butterfly

Richard Whitehead
Athletics
Men’s T61 200m

Libby Clegg, Chris Clarke (Guide), Jonnie Peacock, Ali Smith, Nathan Maguire
Athletics
Universal Relay

Kare Adenegan
Athletics
Women’s T34 800m

Emma Wiggs
Canoeing
Women’s KL2

Lucy Shuker
Wheelchair Tennis
Women’s Doubles

BRONZE (35/45)

Toni Shaw
Swimming
Women's S9 400m Freestyle

Georgia Wilson
Equestrian
Individual Test - Grade II

Dimitri Coutya
Wheelchair Fencing
Men's Individual Epee - Category B

Maria Lyle
Athletics
Women's T35 100m

Olivia Broome
Powerlifting
Women's -50kg

Stephen Clegg
Swimming
Men's S12 100m Backstroke

Jessica-Jane Applegate
Swimming
Women's S14 200m Freestyle

Dimitri Coutya, Oliver Lam-Watson, Piers Gilliver
Wheelchair Fencing
Men's Epee Team Event

Sophie Unwin, Jenny Holl
Cycling
Women’s B 3,000m Individual Pursuit

Tom Matthews
Table Tennis
Men’s MS1 Singles

Jack Hunter-Spivey
Table Tennis
Men’s MS5 Singles

Dimitri Coutya
Wheelchair Fencing
Men’s Individual Foil - Category B

Claire Cashmore
Triathlon
Women’s PTS5

Scott Quin
Swimming
Men’s SB14 100m Breaststroke

Maria Lyle
Athletics
Women’s T35 200m

Harri Jenkins
Athletics
Men’s T33 100m

Louise Sugden
Powerlifting
Women’s -86kg

Jonnie Peacock
Athletics
Men’s T64 100m

Georgia Wilson
Equestrian
Individual Freestyle Test (Grade II)

George Peasgood
Cycling (Road)
Men's C4 Time Trial

Stephen Clegg
Swimming
Men's S12 100m Freestyle

Hannah Russell
Swimming
Women's S12 100m Freestyle

Louise Fiddes
Swimming
Women's SM14 200m Individual Medley

Columba Blango
Athletics
Men's T20 400m

Victoria Rumary
Archery
Women’s W1 Individual

Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shilton, Ross Wilson
Table Tennis
Men’s MT8 Team Event

Megan Shackleton, Sue Bailey
Table Tennis
Women’s WT4-5 Team Event

Samantha Kinghorn
Athletics
Women’s T53 100m

Jessica-Jane Applegate
Swimming
Women’s S14 100m Backstroke

Jeanette Chippington
Canoeing
Women’s VL2

Hannah Taunton
Athletics
Women’s T20 1,500

Hollie Arnold
Athletics
Women’s F46 Javelin Throw

Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Tennis
Men’s Singles

Ben Fox, Billy Bridge, Gaz Choudhry, Ian Sagar, James MacSorley, Jim Palmer, Lee Manning, Lewis Edwards
Wheelchair Basketball
Men’s Competition

Krysten Coombs
Badminton
Men’s SH6 Singles