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All the Welsh athletes competing at the Tokyo Paralympics

No fewer than 21 Welsh Paralympians and those with Welsh links are competing at the Tokyo Paralympics.

That’s out of a cohort of 227 athletes, who are competing in Japan between Tuesday, August 24, and Sunday, September 5.

Seven Welsh Para-athletes make their Games bows, with the Class of 2020 (competing a year behind schedule in 2021) being made up of 14 men and seven women.

Wales’ Rio 2016 Para-athletes returned home with four golds among a total of seven medals.

PARA-ARCHERY

David Phillips

Age: 55 | From: Cwmbran | Event: men’s open recurve

Phillips entered early retirement following a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis before taking up archery after a 30-year hiatus in 2013, and just three years later he was in the quarter-finals of the mixed team competition at Rio 2016.

Shielding during the coronavirus lockdowns resulted in being stuck at home for more than a year, having to train in his conservatory gym and cope with a five-metre archery range in his garden.

John Stubbs

Age: 56 | From: Denbighshire | Event: men’s open compound

Originally from Warrington, Stubbs now lives in north Wales and is a veteran of the Paralympics GB family.

He won gold at Beijing 2008 in the men’s individual compound, and took home silver at Rio 2016.

PARA-ATHLETICS

Hollie Arnold

Age: 27 | From: Grimsby (Wales residency qualified) | Event: women’s F46 javelin

Arnold is no stranger to a Paralympic Games (Tokyo is her fourth), having made her debut aged 14 in 2008 when she finished 11th in the mixed category in Beijing.

The World, European and Commonwealth champion claimed fifth position at London 2012 before breaking a world record and claiming a personal best at London 2012.



Hollie Arnold of Great Britain

Olivia Breen

Age: 25 | From: Guildford (Welsh mother) | Event: women’s T38 long jump and 100m

The Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Para Athletes Championships and European Championships medal winner heads to her third Paralympics hoping to add to her bronze medal.

The 25-year-old will compete in the 100m and long jump, having won gold for Wales in the long jump at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Read more: Welsh para-athlete Olivia Breen left ‘speechless’ after being told her sprint briefs are ‘too short and revealing’

Aled Sion Davies

Age: 30 | From: Cardiff | Event: men’s F63 shot put

Davies has won seven world titles across javelin and shot put since 2013, and the Cardiff native – voted co-captain of the Paralympics GB athletics team in Tokyo – will be competing for a shot put medal in Japan, having previously won Paralympic titles in both of his sports.

He claimed a fourth consecutive European shot put title in June.

Kyron Duke

Age: 29 | From: Cwmbran | Event: men’s F41 shot put

Duke heads to his third Paralympic Games with high hopes, having broken the F41 shot put record in 2019.

It has since been broken, but Duke has every right to be full of confidence having won a silver European title in June.

Sabrina Fortune

Age: 24 | From: Mold | Event: women’s F20 shot put

Taking up athletics aged 11, Fortune won bronze on her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016 just a year after competing at the World Championships.

She won her first F20 shot put title in 2019, and is being tipped for medal success in Japan.

Harri Jenkins

Age: 25 | From: Neath | Event: men’s T33 100m

Jenkins makes his Paralympic Games debut, having originally played wheelchair basketball and won gold with Great Britain at the 2014 European Championships for Under-23s.

He now competes in para-athletics and has won world and European medals in the T33 100m.

Harrison Walsh

Age: 25 | From: Swansea | Event: men’s F64 discus

The former Wales U18 rugby international suffered a horror knee injury while on Swansea RFC duty in 2015, suffering tears and nerve damage which saw him left with no feeling in his right foot.

But he soon turned to para-athletics, and won European bronze in his first major international tournament before heading to Tokyo.

BOCCIA

David Smith

Age: 31 | From: Swansea | Event: men’s BC1 and BC1/2 mixed team

Smith enters his fourth Paralympics bidding to secure his place as the most successful British boccia player in history.

He is the reigning Paralympic Games champion, and has gold, silver and bronze medals from London 2012 and Beijing 2008.

PARA-CANOE

Laura Sugar

Age: 30 | From: Saffron Walden (Welsh father) | Event: women’s KL3

Sugar represented Wales at hockey ahead of her athletics selection for the Rio Paralympics, before then switching to para-canoe.

That means she is at her second Paralympic Games in a second different sport.

She achieved gold in the European Paralympic qualifier this year, so is favourite to take a medal in Tokyo.



Laura Sugar of Great Britain

PARA-CYCLING

James Ball

Age: 30 | From: Torfaen | Event: men’s B (with pilot Lewis Stewart)

The former swimmer and athletics competitor has now settled on cycling, riding behind a pilot as he is visually impaired.

Pilot Lewis Stewart is competing alongside Ball in Tokyo, with the pair having won gold in the sprint and silver in the kilo at the World Championships weeks before sport came to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

PARA-EQUESTRIAN

Georgia Wilson

Age: 25 | From: Abergele | Event: grade II dressage

Wilson started riding aged two to aid her balance and was called up for the Paralympic Games at the 11th hour due to Sophie Christiansen’s horse having a veterinary issue.

Wilson has won freestyle gold, individual silver and helped the British team win silver at the European Championships of 2019.

She will ride seven-year-old Sakura at the Paralympics.

JUDO

Jack Hodgson

Age: 24 | From: Llantwit Major | Event: men’s +100kg

Hodgson took up judo aged seven before being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition a few years later.

He was selected for Rio 2016 and finished seventh and is now ranked sixth in the world.

PARA-ROWING

Benjamin Pritchard

Age: 29 | From: Swansea | Event: PR1 M1x

Paralysed from the waist down after a cycling crash in 2016, talented triathlete Pritchard turned to indoor rowing during rehab and found a new passion.

He made his international debut in 2019 and will be making his Paralympics debut much earlier than anticipated, having initially been targeting Paris 2024.



Benjamin Pritchard of Great Britain reacts after winning silver in the PR1 Men’s Single Sculls Final A during Day Three of the European Rowing Championships 2021

PARA-TABLE TENNIS

Joshua Stacey

Age: 21 | From: Cardiff | Event: men’s class 9 singles and men’s class 9-10 team

Stacey started playing table tennis aged 13 before being diagnosed with cerebral palsy four years later, and he soon made his international bow.

The then-teenager claimed gold for Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and is now ranked 13th in the world.

Paul Karabardak

Age: 35 | From: Swansea | Event: men’s class 6 singles and men’s class 6-7 team

A keen footballer as a child, Karabardak suffered a stroke aged just 10, after which he was introduced to table tennis at a disabled youth club.

He helped Team GB win a bronze medal at the European Championships aged just 15, and has gone on to win world and European medals. This is his fourth Paralympic Games.

Tom Matthews

Age: 29 | From: Aberdare | Event: men’s class 1 singles

The talented mountain biker was left needing a wheelchair aged 16 after a fall while riding, but table tennis was a factor in his rehab.

He linked up with the Welsh squad after leaving hospital, and has made it to his first Paralympics after missing out on Rio 2016 qualification with a broken leg.

PARA-TAEKWONDO

Beth Munro

Age: 28 | From: Liverpool (Welsh mother) | Event: women’s K44 -58kg

The ex-netballer has only recently joined the GB programme after being scouted by Disability Sport Wales, and made her competitive debut in May’s European Paralympic qualification tournament.

WHEELCHAIR FENCING

Gemma Collis-McCann

Age: 28 | From: Manchester (Welsh mother) | Event: women’s sabre and épée

A Paralympics debut at London 2012 came just a year after taking up the sport while at university.

She became the first and only British woman to win World Cup gold in 2018, and has qualified for a Paralympics in two weapons – sabre and epee.

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

Jim Roberts

Age: 33 | From: Welshpool | Event: 3.0 classification

The cross-country runner caught bacterial meningitis whilst at university, resulting in the amputation of both his legs.

He was introduced to rugby by a rehab nurse, and went on to make his GB bow in 2013 before his Paralympic debut in Rio.

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