Para-sport in review: March 2016

Most of the winter sports season wrapped up, while World Championships in cycling and boccia took place. 08 Apr 2016
A para-cyclist competes on the track

Great Britain's Megan Giglia was dominant in the women's C3 500 m time trial at the 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track Worlds.

ⒸJean-Baptiste Benavent

2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships

Megan Giglia lit up the tracks in Montichiari, Italy, sealing two rainbow jerseys in record-breaking fashion. The British rider broke world records in the women’s C3 time trial and individual pursuit.

Day four recap

Day three recap

Day two recap

Day one recap


BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships

The BC1 class featured an all-Thai showdown between Pattaya Tadtong and Witsanu Haudpradit in Beijing, China. It was defending Paralympic champion Tadtong who came away with the gold, while Great Britain’s Stephen McGuire took the BC4, one of the hotly contested categories at the Championships.


2016 World ParaVolley Intercontinental Championships

The field is now set for sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Both Russia’s men and women’s teams secured the remaining spots after their gold medal victories in Anji, Huzhou, China.


IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships; Grand Prix

Iran’s Ahmad Ojaghlou helped his country finish atop the medals table at the IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships with a hat-trick of wins at the Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Later in March, host nation Tunisia finished top of the medal standings at the end of the three days of competition at the Grand Prix, with 31 golds, 22 silvers and 10 bronze; Algeria finished in second place and Poland were third.

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup; Europa Cup

The IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup globes were decided in Aspen, USA. British teenagers Menna Fitzpatrick, guided by Brett Wild, and Millie Knight with guide Jennifer Kehoe made it onto the podium during the World Cup in Aspen, in the women’s visually impaired.

And it was Fitzpatrick, 17, who did enough to claim the overall globe for the classification with her second place finish. Canada’s World Championships silver medallist Mac Marcoux, guided by his brother BJ, was the victor in the men’s visually impaired in Aspen, handing him the super-G globe for the season.

The final rankings for the 2015-16 season can be found at IPC Alpine Skiing's website.


IPC Snowboard World Cup

The Netherlands closed the 2015-16 IPC Snowboard season on a high note, as Chris Vos and Renske van Beek secured banked slalom globes with wins at the World Cup Finals in Trentino, Italy.

Results and final rankings, including the winners of World Cup titles in each classification, are available at IPC Snowboard's website.


IPC Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon World Cups

Russia’s Paralympic medallists Elena Remizova and Rushan Minnegulov secured overall IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup globes for their classifications as the series came to a close in Vuokatti, Finland.

In biathlon, Russia’s world and Paralympic champion Mikhalina Lysova secured the third overall women’s visually impaired World Cup globe of her career.

Full results and rankings are available at IPC Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon's website.


Para-Triathlon America, African Championships; ITU World Para-Triathlon Event

Great Britain’s Lauren Steadman and Alison Patrick met the British Triathlon automatic qualification criteria for the Rio 2016 Games by winning gold in their respective classes at the Buffalo City International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para-Triathlon Event.

Para-triathletes also continued to garner Rio qualification points during Continental Championships in Sarasota, Florida, USA, and Maselspoort, Bloemfontein, South Africa.


The Dublin Friendship Tournament (football 7-a-side)


England dominated the second international football 7-a-side tournament of the year, with William Ling finishing the competition as top scorer with six goals.

The Dublin Friendship Tournament in Ireland was the last international competition ahead of the 2016 International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) Pre-Paralympic Tournament in Salou, Spain, which starts on 30 April.