As the Paralympics comes to a close this weekend, and so many West Country Athletes already having success in Rio, who are the ones to keep an eye out for over the weekend?


Stephanie Millward has been a regular on the podium with 3 medals already round her neck this week - one being her first gold at a games.

The S8 swimmer from Corsham is already through to Friday nights' 50m freestyle final after setting a new Paralympic Record in the pool and will dive in for another 3 races over the weekend.

The 4 X 100m freestyle relay takes place Friday night after the 50m freestyle final and on Saturday she'll swim the 200m individual medley and 4 X 100m medley relay.


University of Bath based runner Paul Blake has already bagged himself a Gold medal on Friday in the T36 400m final.

Not only a Gold medal for himself, it was the 50th Gold medal of the games for Paralympics GB.

The runner - who has Cerebral Palsy - will take to the track again tomorrow in the 800m race, he is the current World Champion.

Paul Blake will race the 800m final on Saturday Credit: Channel Four


Jo Frith has only taken up Archery in the last few years. Since taking to the shooting line she has added her name to the World record books on numerous occasions.

She's also been titled European and World Champion in the W1 women's classification as well as in a mixed team.

Frith will be hoping to add to her medal collection on Saturday Credit: ITV News

Glastonbury based Frith - who qualified in second place earlier on in the week - will compete in both the individual and mixed team semi finals Saturday afternoon.

She'll be hoping to add 2 more medals to her collection in Saturday nights' finals in her debut Paralympic Games.


The sailors take to the waters tomorrow to finish off days worth of competing. A number of the members of the GB Sailing crew train in the West Country.

Helena Lucas - 2.4 Radial, Niki Birrell - SKUD 18 and Hannah Stodel, John Roberston and Stephen Thomas - SONAR all call Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy their training centre.

Our best chance of a medal comes from London 2012 champion Helena Lucas.

Helena Lucas is reigning Paralympic Champion Credit: ITV News



  • Melissa Nicholls (athletics): 800m @ 22:11

  • Stephanie Millward (athletics): Finals @ 22:03 4X100m Freestyle Relay @ 00:14

  • Jonathan Fox (athletics): 100m Freestyle heats @ 13:30 Final @ 21:30

  • Jude Hamer (wheelchair basketball): Bronze medal match @ 15:45


  • Jo Frith (archery): Individual semi final @ 14:04 individual medal matches @ 14:20-14:30 Mixed team semi final @ 20:15 Mixed team medal matches @ 21:10-21:35

  • Paul Blake (athletics): 800m @ 23:19

  • Hannah Stodell, John Robertson and Stephen Thomas (sailing) : Sonar @ 16:05

  • Niki Birrell (sailing): Skud 18 @ 17:05

  • Helena Lucas (sailing): 2.4 Radial @ 18:05

  • Stephanie Millward (swimming): 200m Ind. medley heats @ 14:03-14:08. Finals @ 21:51 - 4X100m Medley Relay @ 00:43

  • Sophie Kamlish (athletics): 100m @ 00:31


Closing ceremony @ 10pm

The West Country Paralympians have already raked in 15 medals including 5 Golds.

As the Rio 2016 Paralympics come to an end all the local athletes competing have the potential to almost double that by adding another 14 medals - making it the most successful Paralympics for the region as well as for Paralympics GB.