18th June 2013
GB & NI NAME STRONG TEAM FOR LYON
18 June 2013
British Athletics have named 28 London 2012 medallists in the 48-strong team for the IPC Athletics World Championships, which take place in Lyon, France from 19-28 July.
Those selected from last summer’s Paralympic Games include gold medallists Mickey Bushell (coach: Fred Periac), Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks), Aled Davies (Anthony Hughes), Jonnie Peacock (Steve Fudge), Josie Pearson (Anthony Hughes) and Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine).
T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m world record holder Cockroft heads to Lyon as a double Paralympic and World champion over 100m and 200m, and the 20 year old from Halifax has her sights firmly set on retaining those titles.
Also doubling up in the sprints is reigning T12 100m world champion Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine), who is looking to defend her crown, as well as bettering the 200m bronze she picked up two years ago in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Stef Reid (Rana Reider), a silver medallist in the F44 long jump last summer, will be looking to improve on her bronze medal placing two years ago, as the 28 year old aims to continue her impressive major championship record.
Dan Greaves (Jim Edwards), a medallist at the last four Paralympic Games, heads to France as the defending champion in the F44 discus, while Nathan Stephens (Hughes) will be looking to repeat his 2011 gold-medal winning feat in the F57 javelin, as the 25 year old also lines up in the discus.
The London 2012 bronze medal-winning T35-T38 4x100m team of Olivia Breen (Leroy Elliott), Beth Woodward (Jared Deacon), Jenny McLoughlin (Darrell Maynard) and Katrina Hart (Rob Ellchuk) will reunite in Lyon for the relay, as well as competing over their individual events.
Sophie Kamlish (Ellchuk), who was the youngest member of the GB & NI athletics team at London 2012 at the age of 16, will line up in the T44 100m and 200m, while Sophia Warner (Stephen King), a double medallist in 2011, will compete in the T35 100m and 200m.
In combining youth and experience British Athletics Paralympic Head Coach Paula Dunn will give senior GB & NI debuts to nine athletes, including Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Fuzz Ahmed), Sophie Hahn (Joseph McDonnell) (T38 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), Scott Jones (Carolyn Franks) (F34 shot put), Andy Kaar (David Sunderland) (T2-0 1500m), Erin McBride (Robert Roberts) (T12 400m), Holly Neill (Andrew Roda) (F41 discus), Georgina Oliver (Paul Moseley) (T54 100m and 200m), Laura Sugar (Hayley Ginn) (T44 100m and 200m) and Lee Whiteley (Keith Hunter) (T38 100m and 200m).
“There’s an exciting blend of young talent and experienced athletes in the team and hopefully this is the building block for 2016. London 2012 was a great year for the Paralympic movement with more stars emerging onto the world stage, I’m confident that we will see some more come through in Lyon at the IPC World Athletics Championships.
“We’ve seen some great performances already this year, with some of the guys posting some quick times and big throws. Our last competition before the Worlds is next week in Birmingham, at the Sainsbury’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, and it will be a great way for our athletes to take stock of the competition before heading out to Lyon.”
Double Paralympic and World champion Hannah Cockroft said:
“It’s obviously a massive honour to be named on the GB & NI team for Lyon and representing my country in my first major championships since Games. We had a really strong team spirit last year at the London Games, so I’m looking forward to competing with some of the team from London again and seeing how everyone’s progressed.
“My personal target is to stay double World champion after winning the 100m and 200m in 2011 and hopefully post some quick times out there. Thanks to the support from my coaching team and the National Lottery, I have been able to continue on from where I left off last year posting world record times, which will stand me in good stead for the summer ahead.”
Ola Abidogun – T46 100m and 200m
Graeme Ballard – T36 100m & 200m
Paul Blake – T36 400m, 800m, 1500m
Jonathan Broom-Edwards – F44 high jump
Mickey Bushell – T53 100m, 200m & 400m
Jamie Carter – T34 200m, 400m & 800m
Aled Davies – F42 discus and shot put
Derek Derenalagi – F57 discus
Kyron Duke – F41 javelin & shot put
Dan Greaves – F44 discus
Rhys Jones – T37 100m & 200m
Scott Jones – F34 shot put
Andy Kaar – T20 1500m
Dean Miller – T37 1500m
Stephen Miller – F32 club throw
Scott Moorhouse – F42 javelin
Steve Morris – T20 1500m
Stephen Osbourne – T51 100m, 200m
Jonnie Peacock – T44 100m
Sam Ruddock – T35 100m, 200m
Ben Rushgrove – T36 100m & 200m
Nathan Stephens – F57 discus & javelin
Kieran Tscherniawsky – F33 discus & shot put
Richard Whitehead – T42 200m
Lee Whiteley – T38 100m & 200m
Rob Womack – F55/56 shot put
Hollie Arnold – F46 javelin
Olivia Breen – T38 100m, 200m & relay
Libby Clegg – T12 100m & 200m
Hannah Cockroft – T34 100m and 200m
Sophie Hahn – T38 100m, 200m & relay
Katrina Hart – T37 100m, 200m & relay
Beverley Jones – F37 discus, shot put
Jade Jones – T54 400m, 1500m, 5000m
Sophie Kamlish – T44 100m & 200m
Erin McBride – T13 400m
Jenny McLoughlin – T37 200m & relay
Holly Neill – F41 discus
Melissa Nicholls – T34 100m & 200m
Georgina Oliver – T54 100m & 200m
Josie Pearson – F51/52/53 club throw & discus
Gemma Prescott – F32 club throw
Stefanie Reid – F44 long jump
Laura Sugar – T44 100m & 200m
Sophia Warner – T35 100m, 200m
Claire Williams – F11/F12 discus
Shelly Woods – T54 1500m, 5000m & marathon
Bethany Woodward – T37 200m & 100m & relay