London 2012 Paralympics

The London 2012 Paralympics takes place between 29th August and 9th September. Paralympians from across the world will compete in 20 different sports in the 2012 games

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Butterworth believes Paralympics will inspire ex-forces athletes

Butterworth has three silvers at this Games Credit: PA

Jon-Allan Butterworth, who lost an arm in a grenade attack at Basra Air Station in August 2007, believes more former servicemen and women will turn to sport as a result of the London Games.

He is one of eight members of Britain's 300-strong Paralympic team with a military background.

He also conducted tours of duty in Afghanistan and has three silvers from his first Games.

Butterworth anticipates numerous others with the potential to succeed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, with Help for Heroes and the BPA launching a new initiative titled Front Line To Start Line earlier this year.


Hynd family: 'Ollie deserves what he has achieved'

The uncle of Oliver Hynd, Andy Stewart says his nephew deserves all the success he gets.

Mr. Stewart spoke while workmen were busy painting a postbox in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, near Mansfield, gold in honour of the Paralympian.

Hynd has the full set of medals, after winning a bronze in the Men’s S8 100m Backstroke and a silver in the Men’s S8 400m Freestyle. Yesterday Oliver added a gold in the SM8 200m medley.


Nottingham's Henshaw misses out on gold by 300th of a second

Henshaw had both her legs amputated through the knee when she was 15 months old Credit: PA

Nottingham's Charlotte Henshaw missed out on gold by just 300th of a second in the SB6 100m breaststroke with team-mate Liz Johnson taking bronze.

This morning Henshaw set a Paralympic record lowering the mark Johnson had laid down in the previous heat.

It led to hopes of a British one-two and it was a thrilling race tonight with Henshaw in a head to head with Viktoriia Savtsova.

The pair were stroke for stroke down the second 50m with the Ukrainian just touching the Briton out in a new Paralympic mark of 1:39.13, 0.03secs ahead of Henshaw.

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