Going nuts for Brazil
Since 2013 we have proudly supported 95 athletes to achieve their sporting ambitions. In 2016 we were delighted to hear that five of our SportsAid stars were lucky enough to be headed to Rio as part of this year’s Olympic action.
Table tennis player Sam Walker (supported by Retford branch since 2015) made history by making the final eight in the team event before being knocked out by eventual gold-medallists China. Tom Jarvis (Skegness) also flew out as a reserve to complete Team GB.
Archer Lizzie Warner (Groby) was also out in Rio as part of the Olympic Committee’s Ambitions programme aimed at Tokyo 2020 hopefuls.
Flying the flag for us at the Paralympics was now two-time Olympian Julie Rogers (Bedford). After making the transition at London 2012 in sitting volleyball, the 17-year old competed at Rio in the T42 100metres. Although she narrowly missed out on a spot in the final after coming fifth in the heat, the race provided valuable experience ahead of next year’s World Championship in London.
Wheelchair tennis player James Shaw (Ruddington) also joined the team as part of the British Paralympic Association’s Inspiration Programme after being nominated by the Tennis Foundation. You can watch James’ Rio inspired vlogs here.
We look forward to seeing our stars progress on the track to Tokyo 2020.
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