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Norwich Judoka Drane named in Team GB's Paralympic squad

Jonathan Drane. Credit: PA

A Judoka from Norwich has been selected for Team GB's Paralympic squad.

Jonathan Drane is part of a four-man team that will travel to Rio for the games in September.

Drane previously fought for the GB sighted squad before he was diagnosed with a visual impairment.

“It’s a real honour to represent your country at the Paralympics and it’s pretty special to be celebrating my selection alongside some of the guys that I train alongside every day.

Injury has been a challenge but I’m back in training and am really focussed on making sure my rivals know they’re up against a truly formidable opponent in Rio.”

– Jonathan Drane


Peacock wins World title

Jonnie Peacock is now a Paralympic and World champion Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire sprinter Jonnie Peacock has added a world title to his 2012 Paralympic gold medal. Jonnie, from Chatteris, recovered from an early stumble to win the T44 100 metres final, at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France,

Peacock won in a time of 10.99 seconds, just 0.02 second ahead of his American rival Richard Browne. It was sweet revenge for Peacock, who saw Browne break his world record in the semi finals.

Paralympian becomes charity patron

Jonnie Peacock becomes charity patron Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has become a patron of the Meningitis Research Foundation.

The charity funds research in a bid to prevent the diesease and support for those affected by it. The London 2012 sprinter from Doddington in Cambridgeshire lost a leg to meningitis when he was just five years old.


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