On Sunday 26th July, Support through Sport UK's Claire, Rhian and Stacey headed to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, for the National Paralympic Day and the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games. Claire reports back ...
The weather was not on our side, with torrential rain on the way down and a thorough soaking on our walk to the stadium. Yet this did not dampen our spirits and the whole day turned out to be utterly inspiring.
In the track events, Team GB secured two world records, thanks to Sophie Hahn in the T38 100m and Georgina Hermitage in the T37 400m. In addition, there were golds from Libby Clegg in the T12 200m, Richard Whitehead in the T42 200m and Hannah Cockroft in the T34 400. Jonnie Peacock claimed silver in the T44 100m, following a fierce battle with the USA’s Richard Browne. After a battle with illness, it was fourth place for Britain's David Weir in the T54 1500m - but what an honour to watch such an accomplished athlete race.
In the field events, there were Team GB successes for Tony Mills and Laura Sugar in the F42 and F44 men's and women's long jumps, respectively. And there was gold for Joanna Butterfield in the F32 and F31 club throw.
The event was electric and it was an honour to see so many of the London Paralympic heroes in action.
The National Paralympic Day celebrations were held in parallel, in the grounds of the Olympic Park. There were various Paralympic 'have a go' sessions, including canoeing, rowing, fencing, shooting, weightlifting, horse riding, judo, gymnastics, fencing, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. Having a go at some of these sports made you really appreciate the athleticism required to compete. Superhumans.