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As the Paralympics begin, who are the region's athletes to look out for?

There are almost thirty competitors from the East in the Paralympics GB Squad. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Following the success of Team GB at the Olympics, the spotlight will soon fall on Rio once again.

There's just a few hours until the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics will begin.

Dancers are getting ready for the opening ceremony tonight Credit: ITV News

There are 23 different sports in this year's Games, including two new sports, Para triathlon and canoeing, added to the lineup for the very first time.

The torch arrived in Rio yesterday Credit: ITV News Anglia

Britain will target 121 medals, one more than at London 2012.

120
Number of medals won at the London 2012 Paralympics

Almost 30 athletes from the region will be in action over the ten days, with some defending their respective titles.

The opening ceremony will kick-start the Games from the Maracana Stadium Credit: PA

So who are the competitors from the East in the Paralympics GB Squad to look out for?

1. Jessica Jane Applegate, Swimming

Paralympic GB's Jessica-Jane Applegate Credit: PA

The Norfolk swimmer impressed after winning double gold in the pool at London 2012 and went on to become the world champion in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke.

2. Jody Cundy, Cycling

The 37-year-old, from Walpole St Andrew, near Wisbech, is part of a 15-strong squad. Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire track-cyclist Jody Cundy is one of the veterans in the squad, preparing for his sixth games. He's a lower leg amputee, and a former swimmer who won gold on the bike at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

3. Jonnie Peacock, T44 Men's 100m

Peacock clinched gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire amputee-sprinter Jonnie Peacock was one of the stars in London four years ago after winning the 100 metres. He's struggled with injury over the past 18 months but is hoping to emulate the success of Jason Kenny.

4. Jonathan Drane, Judo

Paralympian Jonathan Drane from Norwich is aiming for a medal Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 29-year-old will compete in the visually impaired category in the under 81 kilogram class. He hails from the same club as Norfolk Olympian Colin Oates.

5. Ellie Robinson, Swimming

Ellie Robinson set a new British record at the Para-trials Credit: British Swimming

The fifteen year old swimmmer from Northampton will compete in her first Paralympics. Robinson, who has a form of dwarfism, set a new British record at the Para-swimming trials with 36.34 seconds.

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