Coalition member Ang is a keen sports fan and reminded us that this week sees the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The 22nd edition of the games will, for the first time, have a fully integrated programme of parasports as well as more para sports on the programme than in any previous games. Here’s a brief run down of what you can expect over the next 2 weeks!
Para athletics: Scheduled from 2nd-8th August. Fan favourites Hannah Cockcroft, Sophie Hahn, Kare Adenegan, Thomas Young and David Weir are just a few of the athletes bidding for medals.
Para swimming: Scheduled from 29th July – 3rd August. Tokyo 2020 medallists Jessica-Jane Applegate, Maise Summers-Newton and Reece Dunn are part of a strong English team.
Wheelchair Basketball (3×3 format): Scheduled 29th July – 2nd August. In a slightly different format to the usual 5-a-side, wheelchair basketball 3 x 3 is a fast paced, dramatic game with plenty of thrills and spills! From a mixed squad of 8 players (4 women, 4 men) just 3 players are on the court at any one time. The court is half the size of a standard court with the baskets at the same height. Teams have just 12 seconds to shoot during each phase of play with games played over a single period of 10 minutes.
Para track cycling: Scheduled 29th July – 1st August. Sophie Unwin (pilot Georgia Holt) and Steve Bate (pilot Chris Latham) compete for England in the B classification for VI cyclists.
Para lawn bowls: Scheduled 29th July – 6th August. Wonersh resident Gill Platt – who you may have met at the recent Addlestone Bowls Open Day – once again represents team England in the women’s pairs.
Para powerlifting: Scheduled 4th August. Louise Sugden and Zoe Newson return to the England team aiming for a first Commonwealth gold for the squad.
Para table tennis: Scheduled 29th July – 8th August. Ross Wilson defends his gold medal from the last games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Para triathlon: Scheduled 31st July. Iain Dawson (guide Duncan Shea-Simmonds) and Melissa Reid (guide Grace France) represent England in the VI triathlon over the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run).