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Swimming Men's 100m Freestyle S12 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Double win for the Ukraine: Maksym Veraksa and Sergii Klippert beat Russia's Alexander Nevolin-Svetov © •

Double win for the Ukraine: Maksym Veraksa and Sergii Klippert beat Russia's Alexander Nevolin-Svetov

Swimming Men's 100m Freestyle S11 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Spain's Enhamed Enhamed wins the 100m Freestyle S11 © •

Spain's Enhamed Enhamed wins the 100m Freestyle S11

Swimming Men's 100m Breaststroke SB6 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Russia's Alexey Fomenkov sets a new Paralympic Record © •

Russia's Alexey Fomenkov sets a new Paralympic Record

Swimming Men's 100m Breaststroke SB5 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Pedro Rangel from Mexico beats Germany's Thomas Grimm and Tadhg Slattery © •

Pedro Rangel from Mexico beats Germany's Thomas Grimm and Tadhg Slattery

Swimming Men's 100m Breaststroke SB4 - Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Spain's Ricardo Ten beats Daniel Dias (Brazil) and Moises Fuentes (Colombia) © •

Spain's Ricardo Ten beats Daniel Dias (Brazil) and Moises Fuentes (Colombia)

IPC Reveals April’s Athlete of the Month Shortlist

David Weir and Shelly Woods with Prince Harry Great Britain's David Weir and Shelly Woods, winners of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon © • Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced its shortlist for April’s Athlete of the Month award, and the public can now vote for the winner via the poll on the www.paralympic.org homepage.

The finalists include:

Stephane Houdet (France): Wheelchair Tennis player Houdet beat world No. 1 and defending champion Maikel Scheffers in the men's singles final of the Florida Open to complete a three week unbeaten period in USA, following up his ITF 1 Series titles at the Cajun Classic and the Pensacola Open.

Itzhak Mamistvalov (Israel): Set two unofficial world records at the British Open Swimming Championships in Sheffield in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle S1. Ironically he beat his own record times set in the same pool almost four years ago.

Terezhinha Guilhermina (Brazil): Set an unofficial 200m T11 world record of 24.67 seconds at the Abierto Mexicano Athletics competition. Her time was 0.07 seconds faster than the record she set at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.

David Weir (Great Britain): The wheelchair racer showed why he will be one of the athletes to beat at London 2012 winning a record sixth London Marathon, equalling the record set by Tanni Grey Thompson. The field he beat was one of the strongest yet.

Shelly Woods (Great Britain): Made it a double British success beating a quality field to win her second London Marathon. She had previously won the event in 2007.

Josh Cassidy (Canada): Beat Australia’s Kurt Fearnley to win the Boston Marathon in a course-record time. Six days later he competed in the London Marathon however injury meant he could only finish ninth.

The public now has until 12:00 (CET) on 10 May 2012 to vote for which athlete or team it thought had the best performance last month on the para-sport scene.

So far this year all three monthly winners have come from Russia. They include nordic skiers Roman Petushkov and Nikolay Polukhin as well as wheelchair curler Oksana Slesarenko.

To vote, visit the homepage of www.paralympic.org

Izhak Mamistvalov

Izhak Mamistvalov

Glasgow 2014 to Stage Biggest Ever Commonwealth Para-Sport Programme

Hampden Park, Glasgow 2014 Six para-athletics events will take place at Hampden Park during Glasgow 2014 © • Glasgow 2014

"It is tremendous news that Glasgow will host more Para-Sport events than any other previous Commonwealth Games and underlines the growth and popularity of Para-Sport at all levels."

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee has unveiled its Sport Programme which features the biggest ever number of Para-Sport medal events in the history of the Games – 22 in total.

A total of 256 medal events covering 17 sports will be contested in Glasgow between 23 July and 3 August 2014, and within this will be 22 Para-Sport medal events spanning five sports.

The five Para-Sports included in the Glasgow programme are athletics, swimming, powerlifting, lawn bowls and for the first time track cycling, which will take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

With the exception of track cycling, the four other sports made their Commonwealth Games debut as fully integrated medal events in Manchester 2002 however, lawn bowls has not featured at the last two Games.

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014's Chief Executive, said: "Following the completion of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Sports Programme Review, Glasgow 2014 is delighted to announce a final Sports Programme which is true to our vision of delivering an outstanding athlete centred and sports focused Games for Scotland that is on time and on budget.

"I'm delighted that in delivering 17 sports over 11 days of competition we have been able to increase our commitments to competition and medal opportunities by offering greater opportunities for female and Para-Sport athletes and I'm especially proud that Glasgow 2014 will offer more events and medal opportunities for Para-Sport athletes than any Commonwealth Games in history."

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, said: "It is tremendous news that Glasgow will host more Para-Sport events than any other previous Commonwealth Games and underlines the growth and popularity of Para-Sport at all levels.

"To have 22 Medal events included in the Games in 2014, just two years after London, will ensure that Commonwealth athletes can continue to perform on the big stage in front of thousands of spectators."

The 22 medal events will include:

Athletics (six medal events)

• Men’s 100m T37

• Men’s 1,500m T54

• Men’s discuss F42/44

• Women’s 100m T12

• Women’s 1,500m T54

• Women’s long jump F37/38

Swimming (six medal events)

• Men’s 100m freestyle S9 (S7/S8 eligible)

• Men’s 200m freestyle S14

• Men’s 200m individual medley SM8 (SM7 eligible)

• Women’s 100m freestyle S8 (S7 eligible)

• Women’s 100m breaststroke SB9 (SB8 eligible)

• Women’s 200m individual medley SM10 (SM9 eligible)

Powerlifting (four medal events)

• Men’s lightweight - division of weight categories to be determined by IPC

• Men’s heavyweight division of weight categories to be determined by IPC

• Women’s lightweight - division of weight categories to be determined by IPC

• Women’s heavyweight division of weight categories to be determined by IPC

Track Cycling (four medal events)

• Men’s 1,000m time trial B tandem

• Men’s sprint B tandem

• Women’s 1,000m time trial B tandem

• Women’s sprint B tandem

Lawn Bowls (two medal events)

• B2/B3 Mixed Pairs

• B6/B7/B8 Open Triples

Croatian Swimmer Spanja in Record Breaking Form

Double world champion sets unofficial world record in 50m breaststroke S6

Mihovil Spanja competing London 2012 marked the final Paralympic Games for Mihovil Spanja. © • NPC Croatia

Almost one year to the day since he set a 50m breaststroke S6 world record in Berlin, Germany, Croatia’s two-time world champion swimmer Mihovil Spanja has gone even faster, this time at the 2012 Croatia Open.

The 28 year old from Dubrovnik swam 38.27 seconds this week to beat his previous record by 0.03 seconds. The record will not be recognized however as the race did not meet all criteria set by IPC Swimming, the international governing body of the sport.

Despite this, Spanja’s time does send out a warning to his rivals that he means business at London 2012, his third Paralympic Games which get underway on 29 August.

In Athens in 2004 Spanja claimed three bronze medals, but failed to medal four years ago in Beijing, so is determined to win gold this time round.

He made up for his Beijing disappointment in 2010 winning two gold and two silver medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

At last July’s IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin he won medals in all five events he competed in.

Discover Canada’s Paralympic Summer “Super Athletes”

18 Super Athletes star in campaign to increase profile of Canadian Paralympic athletes

Benoit Huot at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships Benoit Huot at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships © • IPC

In the lead up to London 2012, the Canadian Paralympic Committee has unveiled 18 new “Super Athletes” vignettes, representing summer sports, as part of a bold marketing campaign which was launched earlier this year featuring four winter sports and athletes.

Designed to generate awareness and interest in Paralympic Sport, promote athletes and illustrate the highly competitive nature of the Paralympic Games, the distinctive vignettes each feature an athlete who has been given a nickname that resonates with attitude and is based on their specific competitive profile and character.

Amongst the 18 athletes included in the vignettes are:

• Wheelchair racer Diane Roy, a force to be reckoned with who has been dubbed "The War Horse."

• Wheelchair basketball player Cindy Ouellet, "The Hornet," who plays with a sting.

• Boccia player Adam Dukovich, whose patience and accuracy earn him the title "Dead Eye."

• Hurling a ball at 60 kilometers per hour, goalball player Mario Caron deserves the title of "The Heat."

• Known as "Thunder," cyclist Robbi Weldon powers through her races with undeniable strength.

• Rower Victoria Nolan is perfectly synchronized with her team, securing her the name "The Metronome."

• Swimmer Benoît Huot, with his speed and stamina, is nicknamed "The Shark."

"With the first four Super Athlete vignettes being well received, we are thrilled to introduce Canada and the world to some of our athletes preparing for the London 2012 Paralympic Games," said Henry Storgaard, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "These summer sport Super Athlete vignettes form a partnership with the winter Super Athletes series and carry the same imagery, attitude and inspiration. I know these vignettes will connect Canadians with our athletes."

In addition to the 45 second vignettes, additional two minute long background video profiles have been produced for each Super Athlete exploring how they got started in para-sport and what it means to them to represent their country.

The vignettes were produced by Liz Dussault of FamilyStyle, in collaboration with CTV, Canada's Olympic Broadcast Consortium. "It's great that we are changing how Canadians look at athletes who have disabilities," said Dussault. "These athletes are world class and are proving they will be the ones to watch in London."

In addition to the videos, users can access detailed information about each Super Athlete, such as their training regime, what keeps them going, their background and achievements, via the CPC's Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CDNParalympics.