UK Athletics reveals performance programme athletes
48 athletes and relay team with potential to medal at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to receive support from governing body in 2013-14.14 Oct 2013
Hannah Cockroft set a new Paralympic record in the women's 100m - T34 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
By British Athletics
“2013 was an excellent year for the British team across both the Olympic and Paralympic programmes"
UKA, the national governing body for British athletics, has announced the Paralympic athletes that will be supported by the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for 2013- 2014.
The selection of these athletes is based on their potential to win medals at Paralympic Games, and IPC Athletics World Championships.
The WCPP, funded by the National Lottery through UK Sport, is split into two levels. Podium is for athletes with the potential to medal at Rio 2016, while Podium Potential is for athletes developing towards Tokyo 2020.
UKA has selected 25 individual athletes to Paralympic Podium. The Paralympic relay team will also receive support. 23 Paralympic athletes have been selected onto Podium Potential.
British Athletics Performance Director Neil Black said:
“Our immediate focus is firmly on medals in 2016, followed by London 2017 when we will host both the IAAF and IPC Athletics World Championships. From there attention shifts to Tokyo 2020. Our WCPP selections absolutely reflect that focus.
“2013 was an excellent year for the British team across both the Olympic and Paralympic programmes. And once again I am confident 2014 will bring further success in what will be another extremely busy indoor and outdoor season.
“The support from the National Lottery via UK Sport enables our athletes to work with the best coaches and support staff and prepare at the best facilities and training camps to ensure they perform to the highest achievable standards.”
Ola Abidogun (Grant Barker/Lloyd Cowan), Hollie Arnold (Anthony Hughes), Graeme Ballard (Tabo Huntley), Paul Blake (Rob Ellchuk), Jonathan Broom-Edwards (Fuzz Ahmed), Mickey Bushell (Fred Periac), Libby Clegg (Keith Antoine), Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks), Aled Davies (Anthony Hughes), David Devine (David Evans), Kyron Duke (Anthony Hughes), Dan Greaves (Jim Edwards), Sophie Hahn (Joseph McDonnell), Beverley Jones (John Parkin/David Caldecourt), Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk), Stephen Miller (Ros Miller), Jonnie Peacock (Steve Fudge), Josie Pearson (Anthony Hughes), Gemma Prescott (Mike Wood), Stefanie Reid (Rana Reider), Nathan Stephens (Anthony Hughes), David Weir (Jenny Archer), Richard Whitehead (Keith Antoine), Rob Womack (Shaun Pickering), Bethany Woodward (Jared Deacon)