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Paralympic judo star Drane announces retirement

Jono Drane has announced his retirement. Credit: PA

Norfolk Paralympian Jono Drane has announced his retirement from judo.

The 29-year-old finished 5th in the visually impaired category in Rio.

He's since taken some time away from the sport and has made the decision to call time on his career because he doesn't want to go through another four-year cycle.

I had a bit of time off after the Games and looked at the fact that, with the injuries and the brief stint in the Wellness clinic, everything I put into the last year and a half, I can’t ever match that.

The main thing is if I was to do another cycle I’d be chasing social recognition. I’ve done everything I possibly can in the last cycle to get to where I was and regardless of results, everything went into it and we sometimes lose sight of the fact that things are relative.

Everything is focused on the medals but the essential thing is that if you feel you put everything into it, that’s all that matters.

For one day in my small world that I live in with my family and friends, I was a superstar, and there’s very few people who get to do that. It’s a very rich existence on my behalf and I wouldn’t be doing that if I stayed on. I’d be chasing other people’s external validation and I don’t think anybody should do that.

– Jono Drane


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


Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock can't wait to crash out with his dogs at home

Jonnie Peacock won gold in Rio. Credit: Press Association.

We were able to catch up with many of our Paralympians yesterday when they flew into Heathrow - but missed out on gold medal winner Jonnie Peacock who had gone to Manchester instead.

To make up for it, 100m T44 champion, from Cambridgeshire, popped into the ITV News studio in London today.

Here's what he had to say to Jonathan Wills about adding another gold medal to his collection.

Norfolk's Alfie Hewett wins silver in the men's wheelchair tennis final

Alfie in a previous match at Rio Credit: PA Wire/Press Association

And it's a silver medal for Norfolk's Alfie Hewett tonight after he lost out on gold in the men's wheelchair tennis final.

Hewett who is from Cantley near Norwich was against his doubles partner Gordon Reid. He battled through the match, but lost in straight sets.

Reid took the gold 6-2 6-1. The match lasted 54 minutes.

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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