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Top six stories from para-sport - 2-8 November

Great Britain’s Paralympic silver medallist Jade Etherington has announced her retirement, and the USA’s Tatyana McFadden completes a second Marathon Grand Slam. 08 Nov 2014
Two young women wearing ski clothes and a silver medal holding hands and waving

Jade Etherington and Guide Caroline Powell of Great Britain celebrates winning Silvier in the Women's Slalom - Visually Impaired at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

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Etherington, who won four medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games (three silver and one bronze), is now looking to focus on pursuing a new career.

It has been another bumper week of news in para-sport. Here is the round-up of the top stories this week (2-8 November)

Norway and Germany qualify for curling worlds

Norway and Germany have secured their place at the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championships after their victories at the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event in Lillehammer, Norway, on 6 November.

In the final, Norway dominated Latvia in an 8-1 victory, forcing the Latvians to face Germany in the qualification playoff.

In another crushing blow to the Latvians, Germany secured victory with the final stone in a 6-5 victory.

- More on the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event

Jade Etherington retires from skiing

Great Britain’s Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell have announced their retirement from alpine skiing.

Etherington, who won four medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games (three silver and one bronze), is now looking to focus on pursuing a new career.

In a statement on her website, Etherington said: “We will be sad to leave the Paralympic alpine skiing programme and we will both miss our sport and athletes on the team and circuit.

“Caroline and I now wish to follow different paths which we feel will be more fulfilling for us in the long term: Caroline with her instructing in Switzerland, while I would like to complete my qualification as a teacher and increase my motivational speaking.”

- More on Etherington’s retirement

Alpine Skiing announces new Sport Technical Committee

IPC Alpine Skiing confirmed on Tuesday (4 November) the new membership of its Sport Technical Committee (STC), the group responsible for ensuring the continued growth and progress of the sport in the four years ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Led by the newly elected Chairperson Markus Walser from Canada, the group includes former athletes, classification and technical experts.

- More on the Sport Technical Committee.

McFadden completes second marathon Grand Slam

The USA’s Tatyana McFadden retained her New York Marathon title in dramatic fashion to complete a second successive Grand Slam of Marathon titles.

McFadden recovered from a fall in the latter stages of the race to ensure her victory.

Elsewhere, the USA’s Joshua George won the men’s title, and his compatriot Alfredo De Los Santos won the handcycle race.

- More on the New York Marathon

IPC and Tokyo 2020 to mark 50th anniversary of 1964 Games

Saturday (8 November) marks the 50th anniversary of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games in Japan, and to celebrate the occasion, the IPC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will launch five days of activity.

A series of articles, videos, images and infographics on the 1964 Games will be published via and, which will underline the evolution of the Paralympic Movement and para-sport in general over the last half a century.

- More information on the anniversary of the 1964 Games

British athletics announce World Class Performance Programme

Fifty-two British athletes will benefit from extra funding through British Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme.

The athletes are selected on their potential to win medals in upcoming events, including the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

The programme is split into two, with a total of 26 para-athletes on the Podium WCPP – those most likely to win medals - and a further 26 on the Podium Potential WCPP.

- More on the World Class Performance Programme