14 countries to make Paralympic debuts30.08.2012
It’s been backed to be the biggest Paralympics yet, and contributing are 14 countries making their debut at this year’s Games.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be the biggest Paralympic Games ever featuring 4,280 athletes from 166 countries who will compete in 20 sports.
2. Brunei: Shari Hj Juma'at will compete in the javelin F55 after winning gold at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia last year.
3. Cameroon: Atangana Conrad will compete in powerlifting for the French-speaking African country.
5. Djibouti: Djibouti’s representative is middle distance runner, Houssein Omar Hassan. He will compete in the 1,500m T46.
6. Democratic Republic of Congo: Levy Kitambala Kizito takes to the field in the men’s discus and javelin F58 with Dedeline Mibamba Kimbata competing in the women’s discus F58. She also represents her nation in the 100m T54.
9. Liberia: Bassa Grand born, James Siaffa will represent Liberia for the first time in powerlifting.
11. North Korea: Born in the capital Pyongyang, Ju Song Rim will compete in the Aquatics Centre in the 50m freestyle S6.
12. San Marino: Christian Bernardi, who will compete in the shot put F55, only made his international debut this year at an international tournament in Kuwait.
13. Solomon Islands: Hellen Glenda Saohaga represents her Pacific island nation in the shot put F57.
14. US Virgin Islands: A mother of two, Lee Frawley competes in multiple equestrian events including the individual freestyle event. Her ambition for the games is not to let any of her family, friends, supporters or horses down.