Variety Supported Athletes Shine At The London 2012 Paralympics
The ‘Super 17’ all peformed wonderfully well reaching finals, achieving personal bests and a number bringing home a range of medals at the fantastic London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Following on from the success of Ollie Hynd and Louise Watkin in the pool that we reported on last Wednesday, the remaining days of the competition saw Jonnie Peacock take gold in a thrilling T44 100m final, Louise won another silver and bronze in the pool, and Ross Wilson gained a bronze in the men’s team classes 6 – 8.
These results mean that the Variety supported athletes of the ‘Super 17’ achieved a grand total of 2 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronzes!
A full list of how each athlete performed is below:
Jack Bridge – 5th in 4 x 100m Medley relay and 4th in the Men’s 100m Breastroke SB9 final
Georgina Bullen – team lost in the final group stage of Goalball
Jamie Carter – 6th in the Men’s 100m T34 final
Amy Conroy – team lost in group stage of Basketball
Kim Daybell – just missed out on a place in the quarter finals
Gabi Down – 7th/8th place match
Dan English – team lost in group stage of 5 a-side Football
Ollie Hynd – Gold in 200m Medley, Silver in 400m Freestyle and Bronze in 100m Backstroke
Sophie Kamlish – 6th in Women’s 200m T44 final
Adam Knott – team lost in group stage of goalball
Maxine Moore – 12th in final of the Women’s Club Throw F31
Andrew Mullen – 4th in the 50m S5 Butterfly final and a PB
Jonnie Peacock – Gold in the T44 100m (against Oscar Pistorius!) and a Paralympic Record
Jacob Thomas – lost in group stage of the Boccia
Kieran Tscherniawsky – 10th in the Men’s Discus
Louise Watkin – Silver in the 50m Freestyle, Silver in the 4 x 100 m Medley, Bronze in 200m Individual Medley and Bronze in 4 x 100 m Freestyle
Ross Wilson – Bronze in the Men’s Team Table Tennis Class 6 – 8
Keith Andrews, Variety’s Chief Barker, said:
“As the London 2012 Paralympic Games comes to a close, Variety, the Children’s Charity, is incredibly honoured to have supported 17 Team GB athletes in their dreams of competing for their country.It is our aim to ensure that disabled children and young adults have a fair and equal opportunity to participate in sport and maximize their potential. For the past three years, Variety, together with SportsAid, has provided funding to exceptional young disabled athletes to help them with the costs of equipment, accommodation, travel, coaching and specialist support that any aspiring sportsperson would require to reach the top. The success of our Variety-supported athletes in making Team GB 2012 is a fantastic benchmark and we look forward to building on the legacy left by these outstanding sportsmen and women, by inspiring the next generation to achieve their full sporting potential.”
Congratulations to all of the brilliant Team GB athletes who competed at a thrilling games – we can’t wait to see all of you and many more at Rio 2016!