The London 2012 Paralympic Games are here! Get to know some of our amazing Paralympians with these cards from our Paralympic Heroes pack, only available in Top Trumps Tournament.
From flag-bearer Peter Norfolk to multiple gold-medallist Lee Pearson, here are some of the ones to watch over the next few weeks…
A Paralympian who has competed in multiple events, Sarah Storey is an inspiration. Born with only one hand, she conquered the world of professional swimming and won five Paralympic golds, but then contracted an ear infection that prevented her from competing in water sports. Sarah decided to give cycling a try in 2005, and went on to win gold in the
Individual Pursuit at Beijing 2008. That same year, she won the 3,000km individual pursuit at the full British Track Cycling Championships, paving the way for her to represent England at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games!
Nine-time gold medallist Lee Pearson competes in Paralympic Equestrian. His great-grandfather introduced him to horses at a very young age and he longed to ride, but he did not get the chance until after Atlanta 1996. He has since won nine Paralympic gold medals, and will hope for further glory at London 2012. When Lee was just six years old, he was presented with a ‘Children of Courage’ medal by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
2008 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Ellie Simmonds lives in Swansea and trains for two hours at a time, nine times a week in the Wales National Pool. Ellie rose to prominence while swimming for a local club in Sutton Coldfield. Her two gold medals at Beijing 2008 ensured that she would be one of the faces of London 2012, where she will strive for further success.
British wheelchair tennis champion Peter Norfolk was the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in the sport. His victory at Athens 2004 spurred him on to achieve even greater success at Beijing 2008. Nicknamed ‘the Quadfather’, he is ranked second in the world in the men’s singles. After a number of operations, Norfolk’s racquet has to be taped to his hand and he has adapted his play accordingly.
A mere seven years ago, Danielle Brown took up Paralympic archery after watching Lord of the Rings and, within a short time, made it to Beijing 2008 where she defeated Japan’s Chieko Kamiya to win gold. Danielle showed such promise, so quickly, that she deferred a place studying law at Leicester University to focus on her training.
Now retired from rowing, Helene Raynsford is a Paralympic champion in women’s Arms Only Single Scull. She is a Paralympic gold medallist, a world champion and a record holder, and has been nominated sports personality of the year by several organisations. Prior to rowing, Helene also represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball. After retiring due to a heart condition, Helene began studying for a Master’s degree in Human Neuroscience.
Scottish swimmer James Anderson has competed in five Paralympic Games, starting with Barcelona 1992. During this time he has won six gold medals in different events. He was also crowned BBC Scotland Sports Personality of the Year in 2004. He was honoured with an MBE in 2005, in recognition of his services to sport and the word records that he has broken.
Sascha Kindred was actually born in Germany, but has represented Great Britain at the last four Paralympic Games, winning an impressive eleven medals in the process. He moved to Britain at the age of 3, and began swimming at 11, winning his first Paralympic gold at just 19. He was appointed OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list.
Good luck to all our Paralympic athletes at London 2012!