Tuesday August 30, 2016
Team GB did us all proud at the Olympics, finishing second overall behind only Team USA. But now we have a chance to welcome even more British medal success, as the Paralympic Games in Rio are yet to come.
The event begins on 7th September, with action taking place up until the final day on 18th September. Rio de Janeiro is once again the setting, and all kinds of sportsmen and women will be doing their best to bring home more medals for Team GB.
Many of the same sports will be represented at the Paralympics, with wheelchair tennis, cycling and table tennis all among the highlights. Canoeing, archery, rowing and swimming will also all be featured, with athletes striving to take one of the podium positions in each sport.
In common with the Olympic Games, the Paralympics will have its own opening ceremony on 7th September. The Games proper will begin the following day, with athletics, track cycling and powerlifting all on the schedule. Those sports all have medals to be won on that day too, while other sports such as goalball and 7-a-side football will begin their events that day.
The closing ceremony is on the 18th September, but some medals will still be decided on that day as well. These will be won in athletics, sitting volleyball and wheelchair rugby. As such, some disciplines take place over several days of the games, while others see medals won almost from the beginning.
It certainly looks set to be an exciting few days back in Rio, and this time the Paralympians have a chance to shine. Team GB did exceptionally well back in London in 2012, so perhaps they too can exceed their medal tally here in Rio, just as the Olympians did. That certainly provides inspiration for all those getting ready to shine in their respective sports this time around.
Whatever sport you love most, watching the Paralympians achieve their best and receive medals for their efforts is inspiring indeed. If you enjoyed the Olympic Games in Rio, it’s nearly time to enjoy the Paralympics from Rio as well.