Following Team GB’s historic performance at the Rio Olympics, Women in Sport now turns its attentions to our fantastic Paralympians.
Every day during the Paralympic Games, we will select and showcase a Team GB role model and a ‘real world’ women’s sport role model nominated by you: our supporters.
Whilst our #GoGirl athletes will be selected from the Team GB Paralympic squad, we also celebrate #RealGoGirl, the women and men who inspire and influence women and girls to play disability sport.
Check out our Hall of Fame below to find out more about the incredible people who have been chosen as #GoGirl and #RealGoGirl so far.
Wednesday 7th September
- Tanni Grey-Thompson
- Wheelchair Racer, parliamentarian and TV presenter
- 11 x Paralympic Gold Medallist
- Tanni has been selected as our first #GoGirl not only as she an inspirational role model she is also been a long term mentor of Jade Jones who is competing in Rio this year.
- She will be covering the games on BBC Radio 5 live and we loved her must see moments of Rio 2016 Paralympics article here
- Olive Lycette
- Netball (hearing impaired)
- Helps to run and participates in Dangerous Hands, a deaf netball team competing in the north London league (non-disabled league)
- Olive defies the barriers of a hearing impairment, part-taking in individual sport from marathon running, swimming and gym activity, alongside team sport, in a league that is not impaired.
Thursday 8th September
- Dame Sarah Storey
- Swimmer turned Para-cyclist
- Winner of 12 gold medals at the Paralympics and 29 world titles
- Winning a gold medal on the opening day at Rio makes Sarah our most successful female Paralympian
- Sam James
- Clubbercise professional trainer
- Qualified level 3 Gym
- Aqua and boxercise instructor
- Runs accessible fitness sessions for people of all abilities
- Winner of What’s on 4 me Awards
- Trains other disabled people to be instructors
- Exercise Move Dance Ambassador
Friday 9th September
Today’s Paralympics #GoGirl is Ellie Robinson, who won gold in the S6 50m butterfly… at the age of just 15!
Today’s #RealGoGirl is Lynda Howard.
Lynda is a fell runner who has taken on 10K competitions and half-marathons. She also has Fahrr’s Syndrome. She developed from a non-runner to a competitive runner, and was a member of Retford Athletics Club. She now attends Tideswell Running Club as her condition sometimes hinders her ability to run safely.
Saturday 10th September
Today’s Paralympics #GoGirl is Kadeena Cox.
She took cycling gold in Rio and made history, becoming the first Brit since 1988 to win medals in two sports at the same Paralympic Games!
Today’s #RealGoGirl is tennis player Jan Donnelly.
Jan plays in several clubs including Splash in Stockton, Northfield School, Northumberland Club and Tees Valley Sound Tennis group. She also has albinism with photophobia and nystagmus.
Jan has also completed her Level 1 coaching assistant certificate.
Sunday 11th September
- Jo Butterfield
- Broke her own world record with a throw of 22.81m to win gold at Rio
- Double European and World Champion
- Former army civil servant
- Jo became paralysed from the waist down after an operation on a tumour on her spinal cord.
- Claire Lomas
- Completed the Great North Run on Sunday walking around three miles each day assisted by her husband Dan, visiting schools en route to talk to children about her battle to overcome her injuries.
- Previously completed the London Marathon and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.
- Claire was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident in 2007, which left her with a fractured neck, dislocated back, fractured ribs, a punctured lung and pneumonia.
Monday 12th September
- Susie Rogers
- Aged 33, Classification S7,SB6,SM7 Swimmer
- Won Gold in 50m butterfly S7 yesterday following up her Bronze in the 50m Freestyle on Friday!
- Speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish!
- Not only is she a world class athlete but she also works as a Project Manager for the British Council, is a Non Exec Director for the Athletes Commission AND a Trustee for the charity Sprit of 2012!
- Her motto is “Train hard and be determined”
- Valarie Copenhagen
- Tennis (hearing impaired)
- Represented GB at the World Deaf Championships in Nottingham 2015
- Valarie wants to pursue her Level One coaching course to help with children’s sessions at her local club and inspire other young deaf people.
Tuesday 13th September
- Libby Clegg
- Athletics – 100m and 200m sprinter T11 classification.
- Won gold medals in T11 100m and 200m and she holds the world record for both.
- Libby has represented Scotland and Great Britain since the age of 16.
- Libby’s brother is also competing in Rio but he’s in the pool not on the track.
- Libby and her guide dog Hatti are ambassadors for Eukanuba.
- Val Childs
- Val has personal experience of mental health problems, but used sport to turn her life around.
- When she was first ill she didn’t take part in any exercise and used to overeat and watch television – she gained lots of weight as a result.
- To help her recovery she joined Sport in Mind‘s sessions which give her a positive focus, helped lose weight and build confidence.
- Val became a volunteer for Sport in Mind to help others going through mental health problems.
- She has helped run football, badminton, cricket and table tennis sessions for the charity
- Now back in full-time employment, she continues to volunteer for Sport in Mind, supporting people in Berkshire with mental health problems
- She has been instrumental in the success of the charity in West Berkshire
Wednesday 15th September
- Jeanette Chippington
- Gold in the KL1 Kayak 200m
- Now won 13 Paralympic medals
- Outstanding athlete having already competed at 5 consecutive Paralympic games in swimming
- Hannah Dobbin
- Hannah Dobbin is a volunteer who helps out with the Forest Flyerz;“Waltham Forest hockey club recognised that it wanted to be more inclusive so we set up a disability session for youths and adults. No one what was sure how it was going to go but, that’s the thing with Flyerz, you just set up and give it go. We started with two participants and now we have 20 on the books and it’s great to see so many other clubs are setting up Flyerz sessions across the country. This is amazing to be playing here (Lee Valley hockey & Tennis Centre where the Hockey Champions Trophy in June)!”
- Flyerz is England Hockey’s brand of disability hockey Waltham Forest are the real leader of this. Click on the links to find out more.
Thursday 15th September
- Sophie Christiansen
- 7 time Paralympic champion
- Secured her 6th and & 7th Gold medals in para-dressage
- Christiansen led a one-two in the grade Ia championship test ahead of team-mate Anne Dunham and has an opportunity to claim her eighth Paralympic title in Friday’s freestyle test
- Abigail Tripp
- From Wheels for Wellbeing has been nominated for her great work in driving the fantastic projects in Southwark
- Also for running their local Breeze bike rides. British Cycling’s Breeze is the biggest programme ever to get more women into riding bikes for fun. The aim is to help thousands of women feel confident about going on a bike ride, and have lots of fun along the way.
Friday 16th September
- Hannah Cockcroft MBE & Kare Adenegan
- Hannah and Kare took gold and bronze respectively in the T34 800m, helping Paralympics GB to surpass their London 2012 medal total
- The win for Hannah was her third gold in Rio
- Hannah holds the Paralympic and world records for the 100m, 200m and 400m in her classification
- Just 15 years old, Kare took up sport after being inspired by London 2012
- Liz Sully
- Liz is Women in Sport’s Engagement Manager who in her spare time volunteers with the RLSB as a sighted guide
- Liz supports visually impaired young people to take part in sport and physical activity as part of RLSB’s Sport Without Limits programme
Saturday 17th September
- Helena Lucas.
- Securing bronze in the 2.4mR class in Rio consolidates her position as Britain’s most successful sailing Paralmpian.
- This is her second successive podium finish at a games after her gold in London 2012.
Charlotte is a specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist working with children and young people.
She volunteers weekly at her local RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) where she enjoys helping the children reach their physical, social and emotional goals.
Working with the RDA combines both her personal and professional interests. The RDA provides the opportunity to maximise physical and functional abilities of the rider while promoting independence and effective communication through individual tasks and team work.
Sunday 18th September
Presenter for Olympic and Paralympics Games
Clare Balding has presented across both Games for 2016, what a fantastic achievement
She has been so professional yet passionate at the same time, it has really helped us at home feel like we were in Rio!
- Lizzy Roberts
- Lizzy set up RISE (Richmond Inclusive Sport and Exercise) 8 years ago, which offers inclusive activities for all including wheelchair basketball, dance, football, tennis, yoga, multi-sports, swimming, canoeing and gym.
- Lizzy also does befriending, where she looks after a young girl doing social activities together including Zumba and walks along the river
- She is a true inspiration!