Gabby Down – wheelchair fencing
Gabby Down is set to become one of the youngest British athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – at just 14 years old. Gabby competed at the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games at ExCeL for the England team and won bronze in the foil and epee wheelchair fencing events.
Jon-Allan Butterworth – cycling
Jon-Allan Butterworth was identified by British Cycling at a ParalympicsGB talent ID day. Previously he served in Afghanistan and Iraq where, in 2007, he was involved in a rocket attack and had to have an above-the-elbow amputation of his left arm. Since 2009, he’s become a world gold medallist and world record holder. He joins the track team for his Paralympic Games debut.
Ola Abidogun – athletics
Sprinter Ola Abidogun finished fifth in the T46 100m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, despite facing injury. He consistently produces strong performances in the BT Paralympic World Cup and is one to watch this September.
David Smith – boccia
David Smith is currently ranked second in the world. At Beijing, he helped ParalympicsGB to win gold, having won his fourth consecutive British Championships a few months earlier. He has won national, European and world titles and is a medal hopeful for London 2012.
Sophie Wells – equestrian
2012 hopeful Sophie Wells is looking to add the Grade IV Paralympic title to her clutch of world and European gold medals. She has eight Championship gold medals between her two top horses, Pinocchio and Valerius, and has also ridden at the Young Rider European Dressage Championships in 2010 and 2011 as an able-bodied athlete.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Fitness Professionals Ltd or Virtual Magazine. Consult a qualified health or fitness professional before making changes to your diet or exercise.