With the Olympics coming to its fantastic conclusion at the spectacular Closing Ceremony, we’re now turning our attention to the Asda Athletes, past and present, who will be competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Competing in London are no fewer than 14 Asda funded athletes, participating in sports ranging from sitting volleyball to boccia, wheelchair fencing and athletics.
CP Footballer Jonathan Paterson will be hoping to build on his first Olympic experience at Beijing 2008 when he takes the field against Brazil in Great Britain’s first group match. Archer Leigh Walmsley, whose partner John is also part of Team GB, will be looking to reach the pinnacle of her short but already hugely successful career with gold in London.
Good luck to the following from everyone at Asda:
Jonathan Paterson (24 yrs old), CP Football, (Motherwell), 2012
Captained the GB football team at Beijing 2008
Leigh Walmsley (43 yrs old), Para-Archery, (Birchwood), 2012
Made her debut with the British team in the Czech Republic where she won a gold medal as part of the women’s Recurve team
Simon Wilson (54 yrs old), Wheelchair Fencing, (Langley Mill) 2012
London 2012 will be Simon’s first Paralympic Games. Selection to Paralympics GB fulfils his greatest sporting ambition as he describes it as the pinnacle of competition
Andrea Green (42 yrs old), Sitting Volleyball, (Sinfin), 2012
Andrea has over 39 GB caps and is described as a go to player (Hitter, Blocker, Passer)
Stephen Osborne (49 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Gravesend), 2012
A keen Wheelchair Rugby fan, Stephen was introduced to Athletics by a friend in 2011 and he was enthusiastic to compete in an individual sport
Gemma Prescott (29 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Westbrook) 2012
Gemma’s career highlight is her performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she won the bronze medal in the Shot Putt
Scott McCowan (21 years old), Boccia, (Kilmarnock), 2011
Awarded the title of Scottish National Champion in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and Scottish Open Champion in 2008 and 2011 in Individual competition
Rhys Jones (18 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Tonypandy), 2011
Rhys will make his Games debut at London 2012, competing in the T37 100m and 200m sprints
Josie Pearson (26 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Hereford), 2011
Josie began playing Wheelchair Rugby in 2005 and was the first woman to represent Paralympics GB when she made her Games debut in Beijing in 2008
Jade Jones (16 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Teesport Depot), 2009, 2010 & 2011
Jade was inspired to start racing after meeting Tanni Grey-Thompson
Jacob Thomas (18 yrs old), Boccia, (Pembroke Dock), 2009
After becoming Welsh and British Champion in 2010 he is set to become part of the first British team to compete in the BC3 event since 1996
Roy Turnham (27 yrs old), Blind Football, (Sefton Park), 2009
Roy was originally an 800m runner in the UK Athletics development squad, but has always loved football and began to play competitively with Everton in the National Blind League in 2008
Neil Fachie (28 yrs old), Para Cycling, (Dyce), 2009
Neil made his Paralympic debut on the Athletics track in Beijing, in 2008
Hollie Arnold (18 yrs old), Para Athletics, (Scunthorpe), 2008
Aged 14, Hollie made her Paralympic debut in Beijing where she also represented Great Britain for the first time.