As the Tokyo 2020 buzz starts again with the Paralympic Games kicking off yesterday, we are basking in the glow of these bright stars! The Paralympics are a joy to be part of, inspiring everyone around the world and helping lift the stigma of disabilities in our society.
This years games will be full of incredible events which will make you think differently about life and how we approach things. Events are split into categories for both intellectually and physically impaired athletes and include wheelchair basketball, amputee football, visually impaired sprints and swims among many, many more.
To highlight the amazing achievements of these athletes, we take a look at 5 inspiring female Paralympic champions.
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We may be biased but this team GB athlete has had an incredible career already and she is only 26 years old! At her first games in Beijing she was just 13 years old and won gold medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle swimming events. She is truly an incredible athlete and we are proud to have had her as the GB flag bearer this year at Tokyo 2020. Ellie’s disability is classified as Achondroplasia dwarfism and she is a patron of Dwarf Sports Association UK.
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Russian-American Paralympian Tatyana is widely considered to be the world’s most successful female wheelchair racer of all time! She is incredibly influential and inspiring, starting life at an orphanage in Russia where she had to walk on her hands for the first 6 years of her life as the orphanage couldn’t afford to buy her a wheelchair. She has gone on to win 17 Paralympic medals- 7 of which are gold!
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Zahra Nemati is a history maker and a trailblazing woman. She became the first Iranian athlete in either the Olympic or Paralympic Games to win a gold medal when she took to the top of the podium in 2012 in the archery event. In Tokyo 2020, she is competing to win her third consecutive Paralympic gold medal. Before taking up archery, she competed in taekwondo before a car accident in 2004 left her with paralysis in her legs.
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At the age of 43, Dame Sarah Storey will be competing once again in cycling events at Tokyo 2020 in her eighth games! If she takes home a few more gold medals this time round, she is set to become the most decorated British Paralympian. With 14 gold medals she is already the most successful female British Paralympian of all time but she shows no signs of stopping there!
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Hannah Cockroft is a British wheelchair racer who has won 5 Paralympic gold medals throughout her career. She also holds world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m sprints for her classification as well as Paralympic records for the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. Watch out for “Hurricane Hannah” in Tokyo!
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