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Iceland Announces Team of Four for London 2012

All athletes competing for Iceland at London 2012 will be attending their first ever Paralympic Games

Iceland's London 2012 team Matthildur Ylfa Þorsteinsdóttir and Kolbrún Alda Stefánsdóttir are both competing at their first Paralympic Games in London © • NPC Iceland
By IPC

All members of Team Iceland will participate in their first Paralympic Games ever.

NPC Iceland has announced the four athletes who will represent the nation at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Iceland will send two athletes for competition in Athletics and two athletes for the Swimming competition. Each sport will include one female and one male athletes.

The full team list is::

Helgi Sveinsson, Athletics, Age 33:

Javelin F42, Long Jump F42, 100m T42

Matthildur Ylfa Þorsteinsdóttir, Athletics, Age 15:

Long Jump F37, 100m T37, 200m T37

Jón Margeir Sverrisson, Swimming, Age 19:

200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke

Kolbrún Alda Stefánsdóttir, Swimming, Age: 15

200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke

Team Iceland will depart for London on the 25 August and return back to Iceland. All members of Team Iceland will participate in their first Paralympic Games ever. During the Opening Ceremony Helgi Sveinsson will be the Icelandic flagbearer.

Iceland's London 2012 team

Iceland's London 2012 team

Australia Names Paralympic Swimming Team

With 50 days to go until London 2012, Australia revealed its Swimming team, led by Matt Cowdrey and Blake Cochrane.

A picture of a man swimming Matthew Cowdrey competes in the 200m Individual Medley SM9 event at Beijing 2008. © • Getty Images

“We are sending a strong swim team and although the competition for medals will be tougher than ever, I have no doubt that members of this team can make their presence felt.”

The Australian Paralympic Committee revealed its Paralympic Swimming team in Canberra on Tuesday (10 July), marking 50 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The 35-strong swim team is the 13th and final sport squad announced for the country, bringing the total number of athletes selected from Australia to 161.

Having won 354 Paralympic medals in swimming – 101 gold, 133 silver and 120 bronze since it was introduced at the first Paralympic Games in Rome 1960 – Swimming is one of Australia’s most successful sports at the Paralympics, second only to Athletics in medals.

Australian Paralympic Committee CEO and 2012 Team Chef de Mission Jason Hellwig believes the team selected for London will continue Australia’s proud tradition of success in the pool.

“Australians love watching Australians do well in the pool and London will be no different,” Hellwig said.

“We are sending a strong swim team and although the competition for medals will be tougher than ever, I have no doubt that members of this team can make their presence felt.”

Eight-time Paralympic gold medallist Matt Cowdrey will lead the team to his third Paralympic Games as he strives to become Australia’s most successful Paralympian. Cowdrey needs to win three gold medals to top track star Tim Sullivan’s Australian record of 10 gold, and with a programme consisting of eight events, is a strong contender to take the crown.

Cowdrey is joined by three other Paralympic gold medallists Rick Pendleton, Katrina Porter and Matthew Levy, as well as six other current world champions including Blake Cochrane and Brenden Hall. Thirteen-year-old Newcastle teenager Maddison Elliot will also be heading to London as the youngest athlete on the entire Australian Paralympic team.

“This is a swim team that Australia can be proud of and will continue the success Australia has traditionally had in the pool at the Paralympic Games,” head coach Brendan Keogh said.

“We have a number of experienced swimmers on the team who are reaching their peaks as athletes and will be highly competitive in London. We also have a number of athletes going to their first Games who have shown enormous potential at various competitions over the past two years. They could cause some upsets in London.

“Countries like Ukraine, China and the US have always had very good swim teams but this time we’re likely to also see more medallists from countries like Great Britain and Russia who have really stepped up their programs over the last four years.”

The swim team heads to Great Britain on 10 August for the Australian Paralympic Committee’s pre-Games staging camp in Cardiff before the Games begin on 29 August.

2012 Australian Paralympic Swimming Team

Michael Anderson – Repton, NSW

Tim Antalfy – Georges Hall, NSW

Michael Auprince – Peakhurst, NSW

Kayla Clarke – Silkstone, QLD

Blake Cochrane – Scarborough, NSW

Ellie Cole – Bruce, ACT

Taylor Corry – Anna Bay, NSW

Matthew Cowdrey – Seaton, SA

Jay Dohnt – Ferrydon Park, SA

Katherine Downie – Quinns Rocks, WA

Richard Eliason – Flynn, ACT

Maddison Elliott – Gillieston Heights, NSW

Amanda Fowler – Blaxland, NSW

Daniel Fox – Cleveland, QLD

Jacqueline Freney – Skinners Head, NSW

Matthew Haanappel – Croydon Hills, VIC

Brenden Hall – Petrie, QLD

Tanya Huebner – Hampton, VIC

Ahmed Kelly – North Melbourne, VIC

Mitchell Kilduff – Carlton, NSW

Kara Leo – Penrith, NSW

Matthew Levy – Northbridge, NSW

Jeremy McClure – Mount Pleasant, WA

Esther Overton – Enfield, SA

Andrew Pasterfield – Castle Hill, NSW

Grant Patterson – Cairns, QLD

Rick Pendleton – Sippy Downs, QLD

Katrina Porter – Newtown, NSW

Aaron Rhind – Yass, NSW

Sarah Rose – Pymble, NSW

Sean Russo – Revesby, NSW

Teigan Van Roosmalen – Bateau Bay, NSW

Reagan Wickens – Grays Point, NSW

Prue Watt – Hawthorn East, VIC

Annabelle Williams – Cheltenham, NSW

Top Swimmers to Lead Spain at London 2012

Teresa Perales and Sarai Gascon make up a strong Swimming delegation included in the team Spain will send to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Teresa Perales Teresa Perales is one of the IPC's One to Watch athletes for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. © • Getty Images
By IPC

At the last Summer Games in Bejiing, Spain won 15 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals for a total of 58 medals. The nation is hoping to capture 60 medals in London and finish in the top 10 in the medal standings.

Spain confirmed the 142 athletes on Friday (6 July) that the country will send to the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Spanish delegation will consist of 224 people, including 142 athletes across 14 sports, as well as trainers, coaches, guides and medical and organizational staff.

The largest contingent from Spain will compete in Swimming, with Teresa Perales and Sarai Gascon headlining the lineup in the Aquatics Centre.

Perales, who will compete in her fourth Paralympics, triumphed at the Beijing 2008 Games, racking up three golds, a silver and a bronze in the pool. She took some time off after the event to give birth to her child and then returned to the sport in July 2011 to win eight medals at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin.

At the age of 15, Gascon won just one silver medal in Beijing in her Paralympic Games debut. But after capturing four golds at the 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships, she is well on her way to make a splash at the London 2012 Games.

Xavi Torres Ramis, Richard Oribe and Enhamed Enhamed will also be major medal contenders at the Aquatics Centre.

The 24-strong Athletics delegation from Spain will include recent European champions Roger Puigbo Verdaguer and Joan Munar Martinez.

Verdaguer won three medals at last month’s IPC Athletics European Championships in Stadskanaal, the Netherlands, taking gold in the 400m and 800m T53 distances, as well as a silver in the 5,000m T54 event.

Martinez struck gold in the 100m and 200m T13 events in Stadskanaal as the youngest member of Spain’s delegation at 16 years old.

Jordi Morales Garcia, Jose Manuel Ruiz Reyes and Alvaro Valera will be part of a Para-Table Tennis squad that is also expected to take home some hardware.

At the last Summer Games in Bejiing, Spain won 15 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze medals for a total of 58 medals. The nation is hoping to capture 60 medals in London and finish in the top 10 in the medal standings.

The complete list of Spain’s 142 athletes can be found here.

Cecilia Camellini talks about her motivation

In this Allianz Webisode, Italian swimmer Cecilia Camellini tells you about her impairment, her sport and her motivation to be Paralympic top athlete. © •

In this Allianz Webisode, Italian swimmer Cecilia Camellini tells you about her impairment, her sport and her motivation to be Paralympic top athlete.

Italian swimmer Cecilia shows her sport

Cecilia Camellini tells you about her sport and her coach Alessandro Cocchi shows what efforts have to be done to achieve world class performances. © •

Cecilia Camellini tells you about her sport and her coach Alessandro Cocchi shows what efforts have to be done to achieve world class performances.