British Paralympic Association and Hogan Lovells UK

British Paralympic Association and Hogan Lovells UK

Hogan Lovells is proud to be a Gold Partner of, and Official Legal Services Provider to, the British Paralympic Association (BPA). Our relationship has existed since before Beijing 2008. Throughout this period, we’ve provided the BPA with legal advice, secondments, and volunteers across a number of areas. We have proudly supported ParalympicsGB to achieve historic performances at London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. This partnership will continue through the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.

Our work for the BPA has included commercial contracting advice, protection of the BPA’s iconic branding and marks, and supporting teams/athletes on classification and sport-specific regulatory challenges.

Between 2015-21, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion swimmer Ollie Hynd MBE was appointed as the firm’s Paralympic Ambassador. Since 2018, we’ve also provided bursaries to financially support 46 incredible athletes. The bursaries help athletes with any aspect of their sporting development, including additional coaching, transportation to training camps and competitions, nutrition and equipment.

Our commitment to para-sport is also demonstrated by the pro bono support Hogan Lovells has been providing to a number of other organisations including GB Wheelchair Rugby, World Wheelchair Rugby, Boccia UK and the International Boccia Federation.

The legal support we provide

Richard Welfare, Hogan Lovells Partner, leads the work we do for the BPA. As a commercial lawyer, he advises the BPA on their contractual arrangements, whether with their athletes, other partners, suppliers, or their Games-time agreements.

As you can imagine, Games-time is a particularly busy period for the BPA. Their resources are pushed to the limit. This is when we work closest with them, with senior lawyers supporting them on the ground and teams of lawyers in our London office, ensuring the BPA has all resource it needs. Throughout this time, we'll help with everything from clarifying the rulebook to IP infringements.

Ollie Hynd MBE, Hogan Lovells ParalympicsGB Ambassador (2015 – 2021)

We supported Ollie from June 2015 until his retirement in 2021, and he remains a treasured friend of Hogan Lovells. Ollie started swimming at a young age, but it was watching his brother, Sam, compete in the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 that inspired him to become a ParalympicsGB athlete. Since then, Ollie has become one of the greatest Paralympians in British swimming history – as one of the few athletes to hold the titles Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion simultaneously.

Name: Ollie Hynd 

Length of career: 9 years competing internationally 

Top 3 accolades: 

1) Paralympic gold at London 2012

2) Double Paralympic gold at Rio 2016

3) Double world record at Rio 2016

How you got into your sport: I got into the sport due to my parents wanting me to learn to swim. I always loved being in the water and was very competitive at a young age, so this lead to me joining my local swimming club. I gradually built my way up, until I was selected to train with Nova centurion swimming squad, who I still train with today. I started off competing at regional level until I had progressed all the way to representing GB in 2011.

Your proudest moment in sport: My proudest moment in sport would be winning two gold medals at the Rio 2016 games.

Favourite/iconic moment in sporting History: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring the winning goal for Manchester United in the 99’ Champions league final.

Your most inspiring sporting hero/figure: Michael Phelps and Cristiano Ronaldo

Nicholas Cheffings Para Athlete Bursary Recipients (2018-2022)

2022 bursary recipients:


Columba Blango –  Athletics

Shona Brownlee MBE –  Para Alpine Skiing

Krysten Coombs –  Para Badminton

Fin Graham – Cycling

Millie Knight  – Para Alpine Skiing

Maddie Martin – Wheelchair Basketball

Neil Simpson  – Para Alpine Skiing

Alex Slegg  – Para Alpine Skiing

Jack Smith – Wheelchair Rugby

Emma Wiggs – Paracanoe


2021 bursary recipients:


Gaz Choudhry – Wheelchair basketball

Kim Daybell –  Para Table Tennis

Charlotte Henshaw –  Para Canoe

Jack Hunter-Spivey – Para Table Tennis

Tully Kearney  – Para Swimming

Maria Lyle  – Para Athletics

Stephen Miller MBE  – Athletics, Club Throw

George Peasgood – Para Triathlon; Para Cycling

Chris Skelley – Judo 

Jess Stretton – Para Archery 


2020 bursary recipients:


Kare Adenegan –  Para athletics

Hollie Arnold, MBE –  Para athletics

Jody Cundy, OBE –  Track Cycling

Andy Lapthorne – Wheelchair Tennis

Stephen McGuire  – Boccia

Megan Shackleton  – Para Table Tennis

Laura Sugar  – Paracanoe; Para Athletics

Gavin Walker – Wheelchair Rugby

Laurence Whiteley, MBE – Para rowing 


2019 bursary recipients:


Richard Chiassaro –  Para Athletics

Jade Jones-Hall –  ParaTriathlon

David Smith MBE –  Boccia

Tania Nadarajah – Para Archery

Callum Hall  – Para Athletics

Thomas Matthews  – Para Table Tennis

Helen Freeman  – Wheelchair Basketball

Lucy Shuker – Wheelchair Tennis

Jonathan Broom-Edwards – Para Athletics

Jamie Stead – Wheelchair Rugby 

2018 bursary recipients:


Rich Amos –  Boccia

James Barnes-Miller –  Para Snowboard

Ayaz Bhuta –  Wheelchair Rugby

Kelly Gallagher – Para Alpine Skiing

Jodie Grinham  – Para Archery

Jack Daniel Peters  – Para Alpine Skiing

Leif Thobroe,  – Para Taekwondo
 


Nicholas Cheffings Para Athlete Bursary 2023

This is our sixth year supporting para athletes with a bursary. The 2023 bursary will provide financial support to para athletes who have aspirations of being selected for the Paris 2024 Paralympics Games.

The bursary is intended to help athletes with any aspect of their sporting development, including additional coaching, transportation to training camps and competitions, nutrition and equipment.

Each of our recipients have an amazing story to share. Find out more about them, their career and their sporting triumphs here:

Rebecca Bedford

Name: Rebecca Bedford

Sport: Para Powerlifting

Length of career: 4 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) 2022 European Champion

2) British Record Holder in both -61 and -67 classes

3) 6th at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

How you got into your sport: I used to be part of the GB Para Badminton squad training for Tokyo 2020, however it was announced that there was to be no women’s competition for my class at the Paralympics. This news was devastating however I was determined to become a Paralympian. I went to a Discover your Gold day where I met the Para Powerlifting coaches who said I had potential with this sport. Friend and fellow athlete Olivia Broome really encouraged me to take up Powerlifting and within a year I became English Champion.

Your proudest moment in sport: Stepping on to the stage at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and being greeted by the roar of the home crowd is my proudest moment to date. This has made me more determined to get to the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Pierre Gasly’s F1 win at Monza 2020. Despite the change of teams and facing a lot of outside negativity, he proved everyone wrong and won. This proves how strong self-belief is and how far it can take you.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: My sporting inspiration is Ellie Simmonds as she paved the way for more athletes with dwarfism to take up elite sport, acting as an inspiration for a whole generation of athletes.

Olivia Breen

Name: Olivia Breen

Sport: Athletics

Length of career: 10 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) T38 Long Jump World Champion, 2017

2) T38 Long Jump Paralympic Bronze Medallist, 2021

3) T37/38 100m Commonwealth Champion, 2022

How you got into your sport: I always loved running since winning my first race in infants school. I loved the feeling of being good at something and running made me feel really happy. Throughout my childhood I tried all sports like dance, trampolining, swimming, and horseriding but athletics was always my favourite. I was part of a local athletics club at junior school and then when I was 13 I joined City of Portsmouth AC and loved it. When I was 15 I went to a talent day for disability sport organised by British Athletics and in January 2012 I was classified as a T38 athlete. Nine months later I was taking part at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Your proudest moment in sport: I have many proud moments but my proudest moment is without a doubt winning Commonwealth Gold in the 100m at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. I really enjoy long jump but sprinting is my great love. I have been racing against the same person in my class for nine years and I genuinely thought she was unbeatable. In 2022 however, I began to believe that I could do it and that belief became a reality at the Games. It is my proudest moment because it would have been very easy to give up but I didn't - I kept going and that is why this medal means so much.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Seeing Jess Ennis win gold in London 2012 - she really had to work for that medal and it is a story of dedication and perseverance.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Jess Ennis, because she didn't give up.

Hope Gordon

Name: Hope Gordon

Sport: Paracanoe

Length of career: 5 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) 3x World medallist

2) First ever female to represent ParalympicsGB in Nordic Skiing

3) 2x European medallist

How you got into your sport: Charlotte Henshaw shared an advert on social media that British Canoeing were looking for new talent athletes. Fast forward a few years and we were stood beside each other on the podium at World Championships!

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning my first international medal was pretty cool! Also getting to the Winter Paralympics after only being on snow for 10 weeks was a mad but exciting moment.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: For me I think it has to be when I first watched the Paralympics. I was in hospital having treatment during the summer Paralympics in Beijing 2008. I knew nothing about Paralympic sport at the time and had no idea how much my life would change.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: I look up to lots of different people for different reasons. Sometimes we can find inspiration much closer to home and I will always look up to my granny.

Jude Hamer

Name: Jude Hamer

Sport: Wheelchair basketball

Length of career: 14 years international

Top 3 accolades:

1) World championship finalist

2) European championship finalist

3) Women's Premier League and National Premier League Champion 2021/22

How you got into your sport: Through my PE teacher at high school taking me to a local club.

Your proudest moment in sport: Making the World Championship final in 2018.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: women's football Euros

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Sue Bird

Samantha Kinghorn

Name: Samantha Kinghorn

Sport: Athletics wheelchair racing

Length of career: 10 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) Double World Champion 100m & 200m, 2017

2) Paralympic Silver 400m Bronze 100m at Tokyo

3) Bronze 1500m Birmingham Commonwealth Games

How you got into your sport: I got into sport when I went to the spinal unit games after I was involved in a life changing accident at 14 years old. From the moment I saw wheelchair racing it inspired me, to me it seemed like a new opportunity. I started competing after I watched the 2012 Paralympics and I’ve never looked back.

Your proudest moment in sport: Becoming double world champion in 2017. I got to compete in the stadium that inspired me in the first place and win my first gold world medal at home in front of all my friends and family. I also managed to break my own world record in the 200m.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: My favourite moment in sporting history is Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. I just think it shows that just because nobody has done it that doesn't mean that you can't be the first! Nothing is impossible.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: My sporting hero is Beth Tweddle. When I was younger I was really into gymnastics and Beth Tweddle was the first female gymnast to win a medal for Great Britain. She used to utterly mesmerise me as a child. Still to this day, she is someone I look up to as she overcame a lot of bullying and fought so hard.

Aaron McKibbin

Name: Aaron McKibbin

Sport: Para Table Tennis

Length of career: 13 years representing Great Britain internationally

Top 3 accolades:

1) World singles Bronze medallist, 2022

2) Paralympic bronze medallist London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

3) European Silver medallist

How you got into your sport: I started my sport at school during a wet lunchtime when we weren’t allowed out . I was spotted by a coach we had coming into our school who was top 20 in the country. He believed I had a lot of natural talent and kept persisting to persuade me to take it up more seriously even when I wasn’t initially keen. Thankfully he did as I went on from strength to strength and could not imagine representing Great Britain when I started messing around at school.

Your proudest moment in sport: My proudest moment in sport has to be winning the bronze medal in Rio 2016 in team event. We had to beat China, which in our sport are the gods of the sport. With the score at 1-1 it was down to my match to decide if we went home with a medal or nothing. To deliver on the biggest stage and not just for myself but for my other two team mates, my coaches, and the country was a feeling I find hard to put into words but it’s still the best feeling I have had.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: One of my favourite sporting moments that always seems to stick In my mind is when Goran Ivanišević won the Wimbledon final from being a wild card. He had made so many attempts to win a Grand Slam previously and at the last opportunity he delivered. You can see the look on his face that he almost couldn’t believe he had done it. I found this so inspiring for all the losses he took to get to that stage made that moment even sweeter.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: I have always found Novak Djokovic inspiring. His mentality and mindset is always something I look up to and try to emulate in my own sport to deliver performances even when all the odds are against you.

Beth Munro

Name: Beth Munro

Sport: Para-taekwondo

Length of career: 2 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) Paralympic Silver Medal

2) European Gold Medal

3) Grand Prix Medallist of all colours

How you got into your sport: I was scouted at a disability talent ID event in North Wales. Your proudest moment in sport: Becoming European Champion on home soil in Manchester.

Your proudest moment in sport: Stepping on to the stage at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and being greeted by the roar of the home crowd is my proudest moment to date. This has made me more determined to get to the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Liverpool FC’s Istanbul Champions League final in 2005.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Lionesses, England women's football team.

Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker

Name: Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker

Sport: Para-Athletics (60, 100 & 200m)

Length of career: Training for just over 5 years.

Top 3 accolades:

1) Winning the commonwealth games

2) Meeting with the Duchess of Cambridge and speaking to her about my sport (now the Princess of Wales).

3) Being the first para athlete to compete in the BUCS relay in 2022

How you got into your sport: I got into athletics through the encouragement of my teachers in secondary school as I would often represent my school at district and county competitions, winning medals without doing any training. It was suggested by my teachers that I should start training and they helped me find a club. After having my first competition, I found out I was ranked 17th in the world and that kickstarted my career.

Your proudest moment in sport: My proudest moment is definitely winning gold in Birmingham 2022 because it was my first time representing England and I had around 15-20 family members travel from London to watch me and I made them proud.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: My favourite moment in sporting history is the 2012 4x100 relay final where Jamaica broke the world record.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: My most inspiring sporting hero is Usain Bolt, simply because of the way he changed the sport. His character, enthusiasm, and entertainment really changed the standard of track and field and I hope to have a similar effect in the Paralympics.

Felicity (Fliss) Pickard

Name: Felicity (Fliss) Pickard

Sport: Para table tennis

Length of career: 10 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) World doubles champion

2) World singles bronze medallist

3) Best world ranking 3 in the world

How you got into your sport: I had always tried many sports but during my teen years I started volunteering with special needs children whilst volunteering at my local sports centre. I tried table tennis. When I was there the disability officer for my region was there and asked me if I wanted to try table tennis.

Your proudest moment in sport: My proudest moment is winning the world bronze medal in 2018 singles, having come into the Championships as a wild card.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Super Saturday at London 2012 Olympics Athletics

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: My sporting hero is Rafael Nadal.