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Jade Etherington tweets medal glory


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PM among those congratulating Etherington

David Cameron was among a host of names congratulating Britain's Jade Etherington, after the the British skier won the women's visually impaired downhill:

A host of others took to the social network to tweet their thanks. Eventually, Etherington herself tweeted, though her celebrations were understated:

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Team GB grabs first medal in Sochi Paralympics

Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell crowned their first season racing together by winning Great Britain's first Paralympic medal on snow in 20 years in Sochi.

Etherington, who celebrates her 23rd birthday on Sunday, is visually impaired and communicates with Powell down the course via radio.

The pair became the first British women ever to win a Paralympic skiing medal, despite the short time they've been racing together.

It was only last April that they first got to know each other, August they first skied competitively together and January this year they first competed as a pair in a downhill.

Silver for Lincoln's Jade

Britain's Jade Etherington has won silver in the women's visually impaired downhill on the first day of action at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

The 22-year-old from Lincoln and her guide Caroline Powell - who are making their Games debut - clocked one minute 34.28 seconds at Rosa Khutor.

They finished 2.73 seconds behind Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova.

Brown declares herself out of Paralympics

Double Paralympic champion archer Danielle Brown will not compete at any future Paralympic Games after failing to overturn a ruling saying she's no longer eligible for disabled events.

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Danielle, who won gold at both the London and Beijing games, has complex regional pain syndrome which gives her chronic pain in her feet. But after a classification test at the world championships last November, World Archery deemed her disability did not affect her performance.


'Leeds 2 Rio' event celebrates Paralympic sport

Wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver of Leeds City Athletics Club

A celebration of Paralympic sport will take place in Leeds today as the city marks a rise in popularity in disability sport in the 12 months since the finale of London 2012.

The John Charles Centre for Sport is hosting a 'Leeds 2 Rio' celebration showcasing a range of disability sport.

There will be taster sessions of a range of sports for people of all ages and abilities to try.

Wheelchair racer Georgina Oliver from Huddersfield will be appearing at the event. She trains at the centre as part of Leeds City Athletics Club. Recently she claimed a bronze medal at the IPC World Championships.

The Leeds wheelchair racing programme has seen its numbers treble in the last year, inspired by Hannah Cockroft's performances at the Paralympics.

Wheelchair rugby comes to Doncaster

Great Britain's top wheelchair rugby players are coming to Doncaster to take part in the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Nationals this weekend. Many of the players represented the UK at the 2012 London Paralympics. 12 teams will compete in 36 games.

  • Wheelchair rugby is a fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby
  • It was founded in Canada in 1977 and was originally dubbed 'Murderball'
  • Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time.
  • The aim is to thunder across your opponents' goal line with two wheels in contact with the hardwood floor and the ball in your hands.
  • Players in possession have to bounce the ball or pass with within 10 seconds of receiving it

Spectators are welcome to watch the championships at the Doncaster Dome and entry to the event is free of charge.

This will be an opportunity for the people of Doncaster to see the sports stars of the future. It's at events such as this, where the games are fast and furious, that we talent spot the players that might represent the UK at future world events. Thanks to generous funding support from UK Sport and Sport England we have a massive opportunity to build on our successes and bring home a medal at Rio 2016."

– David Pond, CEO Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby
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