August: What to watch

This month is packed full of sport with a number of world and regional championships taking place. What will you be watching this month? 05 Aug 2014
Alex Zanardi

At the London 2012 Paralympics, Italy's Alex Zanardi won gold in the men's H4 road race and time trial events, and silver in the mixed H1-4 team relay.

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August is set to be another action packed month of para-sport with a huge number of events taking place, including the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships and the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships.

Here is a preview of the month’s action:


IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships

After only winning bronze at London 2012, the USA will be looking to win their fifth world title in Odense, Denmark.


The defending champions will face stiff competition however from Paralympic gold medallists Australia, who are on the lookout for the only major title that has eluded them so far.


The competition takes place between 4-10 August. For more information and for a live stream of all the action, please visit the official tournament website.


2014 IPC Swimming European Championships

Nearly 400 para-swimmers from 37 countries will be in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, from 4-10 August as the city plays host to the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships.


A number of Paralympic and wold champion swimmers will be in action including Great Britain’s Ellie Simmonds, Belarus' Ihar Boki, Norway's Sarah Louise Rung, Ukraine's Dmytro Vynohradets and Russia's Olesya Vladykina.


Home favourite Marc Evers will be hoping to add to his many titles in front of the Dutch crowd and all the action will be live streamed here. More information about the event, including live results can be found at the Eindhoven 2014 website.


2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

The 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, between 18-23 August, will be the biggest to date with around 560 athletes from 39 countries taking part.


Fresh from his Commonwealth Games win, Great Britain’s David Weir will lock horns with his close rival Marcel Hug of Switzerland, a winner of five world titles last year.


Other big names set to star include Finland’s Leo Pekka Tahti, Great Britain’s Stef Reid, the French duo of Marie Amelie le Fur and Mandy Francois-Elie, the Netherlands' Marlou van Rhijn and home favourite Aled Davies.


For all the latest information, results and live stream please visit the Swansea 2014 website.


Soon after Swansea, on 24 August, many of the world’s best para-athletes will gather in Birmingham, Great Britain for the IPC Athletics Grand Prix final.


2014 ICF Canoe World Championships

With just two years to go until the sport makes its debut at Rio 2016, the world's best para-canoers will contest 12 medal events in Moscow, Russia, between 6-10 August.


2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships

Greenville, South Carolina, USA, will host 450 of the world’s best para-cyclists from 45 countries between 28 August and 1 September.

The event features the individual time trial and road race disciplines for men, women and teams.

For more information, visit the Greenville 2014 website.


2014 IFDS World Championships

Around 150 of the world’s best para-sailors will head to Halifax, Canada (18-24 August) for the biggest event since London 2012.

Click here to visit the event website.


2014 World Rowing Championships

After a 37-year absence, the World Rowing Championships will return to the Amsterdam, the Netherlands, between 24-31 August and five para-rowing events are included in the comeptition programme.

For more information, click here


2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final

The climax of the ITU World Triathlon Series is the annual Grand Final which this year takes place in Edmonton, Canada, and will determine the ITU World Champion in para-triathlon.

Competition takes place between 26 August and 1 September and for more information click here.


FEI World Equestrian Games 2014

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 Para-Equestrian Dressage competition will take place 25-29 August 2014. For full details are available at the event website.


For more events taking place during August, please visit the IPC competition calendar.