Paralympics 2016

The latest news from Rio on the 2016 Paralympics and athletes from the Anglia region.

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Paralympic star to switch on Northampton's Christmas lights

Ellie Robinson will switch on Northampton's lights. Credit: PA

Paralympic gold medalist Ellie Robinson will switch on Northampton's Christmas lights this weekend.

The 15-year-old rose to fame in September when she won the women's S6 50 metres butterfly in Rio.

Now, she has been invited to kick-off her home town's festive celebrations on Saturday evening, while Britain's Got Talent stars Ashleigh and Pudsey will also make an appearance during the day.

I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from everyone in Northampton and it is a massive honour to be chosen to turn the Christmas lights on and get this great time of year started.

– Ellie Robinson


Region's athletes continue to impress in Rio

Records broken and medals won. The region's athletes continue to impress.

A rundown of the latest headlines from the region's athletes in Rio.


Libby Clegg was guided to victory by Milton Keynes's Chris Clarke in the women's T11 200 metres to add to the 100 metres gold they won on Saturday September 10.

Libby Clegg and Chris Clarke Credit: PA


Norfolk's Alfie Hewitt and his partner Gordon Reid made it through to the final of the Wheelchair tennis doubles after beating Japan's Kunieda Shingo and Saida Satoshi 6-2 6-4 in Rio. It means he's guaranteed at least a silver medal in the final on Thursday September 15.

Alfie Hewitt Credit: PA


Amy Conroy from Norwich helped team GB into the semi-finals of the women's wheelchair basketball. They beat China 57-38 and will face the USA on Thursday September 15.

Amy Conroy Credit: PA


Northampton swimmer Ellie Robinson just missed out on a medal in the S6 women's 400 metres freestyle after coming 4th.

Ellie Robinson came 4th in the S6 women's 400 metres freestyle Credit: PA


Peterborough's Matt Skelhon missed out on a medal in the SH1 mixed 50m Rifle Prone shooting final but did set a Paralympic record during qualifying.

Peterborough's Matt Skelhon set a new Paralympic record in the qualifying round in the 10m shooting Credit: PA


Applegate disappointed despite winning Paralympic silver

Jessica-Jane Applegate won silver in Rio. Credit: PA

Great Yarmouth swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate has picked up her second medal of the Paralympics after winning silver in the S14 200m freestyle.

The 20-year-old was visibly disappointed after the race though as she struggled to come to terms with the fact that she had lost the title she won in London four years ago to British teammate Bethany Firth.

Despite that, the silver was still a great achievement for Applegate who is still recovering from injury.

Applegate, who has Asperger syndrome, also claimed bronze in the 100 metre backstroke on Thursday.

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Double gold for Cambridgeshire's Cundy as Paralympics GB win more medals

Great Britain's Jon-Allan Butterworth, Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe (right) celebrate with their gold medals after winning the Mixed C1-5 750m Team Sprint Final during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Cambridgeshire track cyclist Jody Cundy made it a Paralympics games to remember by winning a second gold on the final day of action in the velodrome.

The 37 year old amputee from Walpole St Andrew near Wisbech helped Britain set a new world record in the final of the 750 metre C1-5 Mixed Team Sprint. Also in the team was 19 year old Louis Rolfe from Cambridge.

At one stage they looked to be heading for defeat against China, but Cundy rode a stunning final lap to claim victory in 48.635 seconds.

Cundy now has seven Paralympic gold medals while Rolfe, competing in his first games, adds a gold to his bronze won in the 3,000 metre C2 Individual Pursuit.

Great Britain's Grace Clough (bow), Daniel Brown, Pamela Relph, James Fox and James Oliver (cox) in the LTA Mixed Coxed Four - LTAMix4+ Final A at the Lagoa Stadium during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/PA Wire/Press Association Images

James Fox from Cambridge and Ollie James from Stevenage celebrated another gold in Rio.

The pair were part of the winning British crew in the Mixed Coxed Fours, the final event of the Paralympics rowing regatta.

Fox, who was classified into para-rowing because of a congenital ankle condition was accompanied by Grace Clough, Pamala Relph and Dan Brown, with the boat coxed by James.

They finished ahead of the USA and Canada to retain the title won by Paralympics GB in London four years ago.

Great Britain's Lauren Steadman celebrates on the podium after winning a silver medal in the Women's PT4 Triathlon during the fourth day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Peterborough's Lauren Steadman made history by winning Britain's first medal in the women's Para Triathlon. The 23 year old, who was born without a right forearm, competed in the last two games as a swimmer.

She was undefeated in triathlon for more than two years before going into Sunday's event in Rio. But Lauren had to settle for silver after finishing behind Grace Norman of the United States in the PT4 category.

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