"2015 was an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the IPC World Championships in Doha, and I am confident those we have invited onto the 2015-16 WCPP will build on the foundations and successes achieved over the last 12 months."
UK Athletics, the national governing body for British Athletics, has announced the para-athletes who have been offered support through its World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2015 – 2016.
Funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, WCPP selection is based upon the potential to win medals at a Paralympic Games and is split into two levels: Podium (for athletes with the potential to medal at Rio 2016) and Podium Potential (for athletes developing towards Tokyo 2020).
UK Athletics has invited 25 athletes to the Paralympic Podium programme. An additional 27 para-athletes have been offered the opportunity to join the respective Podium Potential programme.
British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "2015 was an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the IPC World Championships in Doha, and I am confident those we have invited onto the 2015-16 WCPP will build on the foundations and successes achieved over the last 12 months.
“Our immediate focus is firmly on medals next year in Rio 2016, followed by London 2017 when we will host both the IAAF and IPC World Athletics Championships. From there, the attention shifts to Tokyo 2020. Our WCPP selections absolutely reflect that focus and all the athletes selected will be expected to fulfil tough performance criteria.
British Athletics invests 100 per cent of the UK Sport grant on elite coaching, provision of world class training facilities, medical and sports science services, warm weather training camps and major championships team travel to ensure its athletes perform to the highest achievable standards.
Podium WCPP – coaches name in brackets
Hollie Arnold (Anthony Hughes); Paul Blake (Rob Ellchuk); Daniel Bramall (Rick Hoskins); Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Fuzz Ahmed); Mickey Bushell (Jenny Archer); Joanna Butterfield (Phil Peat/Shona Malcolm); Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks); Kadeena Cox (Brian Scobie); Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer-Jones); Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes); Toby Gold (Jenny Archer); Dan Greaves (John Godina); Sophie Hahn (Joe McDonnell); Georgina Hermitage (Paul MacGregor); Abbie Hunnisett (Mark Hunnisett/Camilla Thrush); Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk); Maria Lyle (Tabo Huntley); Dean Miller (Bud Baldaro); Stephen Miller (Ros Miller); Stephen Osborne (Jenni Banks); Melissa Nicholls (Job King); Jonnie Peacock (Steve Fudge); Stefanie Reid (Aston Moore); Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine); Bethany Woodward (Lee Doran)
Podium potential WCPP
Kare Adenegan (Job King); Joshua Bain (Paul Welch); Samantha Bowen (Anthony Hughes); Shaun Burrows (Joe McDonnell); Richard Chiassaro (Jenni Banks); Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson); Kylie Grimes (Phil Peat); Claire Harvey (Shelley Holroyd); David Henson (Roger Keller); Jordan Howe (Keith Antoine); Moatez Jomni (Jenny Archer); Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson); Rhys Jones; Samantha Kinghorn (Ian Mirfin); Simon Lawson (Ian Thompson); Polly Maton (Colin Baross); Erin McBride (Robert Roberts); Holly Neill (Andrew Roda); Georgina Oliver (Peter Wyman); Derek Rae (Ron Morrison); Ben Rowlings (Job King); Sam Ruddock (Jim Edwards); Zachary Shaw (Peter Gifford); Will Smith (Jenny Archer) Laura Sugar (Femi Akinsanya); Isaac Towers (Peter Wyman); Bradley Wigley (Jane Coia)
Olivia Breen (Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo)