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Our newly titled Nicholas Cheffings Para athlete bursary, is supporting nine para athletes as they prepare for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next year.

These Paralympians and aspiring Paralympians who hope to represent ParalympicsGB in Tokyo are receiving one-off bursaries to help with their career development. We are delighted to be supporting them on their sporting journeys.

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

Name:  Kare Adenegan

Sport: Para athletics

Length of career: 7.5 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) European champion T34 100m (Berlin, 2018)

2)Paralympic T34 100m silver and bronze 400m and 800m (Rio, 2016)

3) BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018

How you got into your sport: I watched the London 2012 Paralympic Games on TV and was inspired by the Great British athletes. I particularly enjoyed watching the athletics coverage and wanted to have a go!

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning my first international gold medal at the European championships.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: David Weir dominating in London 2012, winning 4 gold medals.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Currently it is Dina Asher- Smith because she is a great role model for women and girls. Despite being one of the younger athletes in her field, she has accomplished some amazing feats.

Where do we follow your progress: Instagram: kareadenegan and Twitter: @AdeneganK

Name:  Hollie Arnold, MBE

Sport: Para athletics

Length of career: 12 Years

Top 3 accolades:

1) Winning gold medal and breaking the world record (f46) javelin at Rio 2016 Paralympics

2) 4x Consecutive World champion (2013,2015,2017,2019)

3) Commonwealth Games champion (2018) gold & broke world record

How you got into your sport: When I was 10 I attended a Star Track event in Cleethorpes, the event was to encourage children to experience and try track and field athletic disciplines. Whilst at the event, my brother was trying out the javelin, I asked if I could have a go. I threw the javelin and everybody was amazed and couldn't believe it was the first time I'd ever picked up or thrown a javelin; from that moment I was hooked. Following the event I joined Cleethorpes Athletic Club, where I trained regularly and competed in Javelin, Discus and Shot Put at Junior World Level.

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning the gold medal and breaking the world record (F46) Javelin at Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Jess Ennis-Hill winning the 2012 Olympic Games after coming back from injury and missing out on Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Jess Ennis-Hill

Where do we follow your progress: Instagram: holliearnold8 and Twitter: @HollieA2012

Name:  Jody Cundy, OBE

Sport: Track Cycling

Length of career: 14 Years

Top 3 accolades:

1) Sydney 2000 Paralympics 100m Butterfly world record and gold medal (return to the top after losing world title and WR in previous years)

2) Beijing 2008 Paralympics 1km Time Trial WR and gold medal (1st Paralympic gold in my 2nd sport)

3) Rio 2016 Paralympics 1km Time Trial gold (after not being allowed to restart at my home Games, I said I’d go onto win gold in Rio)

Your proudest moment in sport: Hearing that people are inspired to try sport after seeing me achieve at the Paralympics on the TV.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Chris Boardman on the iconic Lotus bike winning in Barcelona

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Michael Jordan

Where do we follow your progress:  Instagram: jody_cundy and Twitter: @jodycundy

Name:  Andy Lapthorne

Sport: Wheelchair Tennis

Length of career: 12 Years Pro

Top 3 accolades:

1) 2014 US open singles

2) Rio 2016 silver

3) 2019 US open singles

How you got into your sport: Beginner camp with the Lawn Tennis Association

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning my singles grand slams

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Tyson Fury comeback

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Tyson Fury

Where do we follow your progress: Instagram: andylapthorne_ and Twitter: @lapstar11

Name:  Stephen McGuire

Sport:  Boccia

Length of career: 16 years

Top 3 accolades: 

1) Individual World champion 2016

2) Individual European champion 2017

3) Pairs European champion 2009 & 2013

How you got into your sport: My passion is Paralympic sport and I researched sports which I physically would be able to participate in. I came across Boccia in December 2004 and fell in love with it straight away. One year later I was participating at the European championships in Portugal.

Your proudest moment in sport: Captaining my country and participating along side my brother Peter in London 2012

Favourite/iconic moment in sporting History: Colin McRae winning the World Rally championship in 1995. Local man to me and the youngest ever World Rally champions still to this day.

Your most inspiring sporting hero/figure: Colin McRae

Where do we follow your progress: Instagram: Steph_7 and Twitter: @BocciaBhoy

Name: Megan Shackleton

Sport: Para Table Tennis

Length of career: 6 Years

Top 3 accolades:

1) European Team bronze medal in 2019

2) World Team bronze in 2017

3) World ranked number 10 (seniors)

How you got into your sport: I was invited to a playground to podium event prior to London 2012 hoping to find the next generation of Paralympians to come. I played table tennis, took a liking to it and after watching Will Bayley and the rest of the team win medals at the Games made it my mission to follow in their footsteps

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning the deciding singles match to secure European Team bronze with my team partner Sue Gilroy in Sweden!

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: Watching Rebecca Adlington win two golds age 17 in Beijing 2008. It was that moment that inspired me to want to become an elite athlete myself.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Anna Carin-Ahlquist (Swedish Paralympic Table Tennis player) (London 2012 Paralympic champion) - I've grown up watching her compete and she's been a great role model/mentor to me over the years!

Where do we follow your progress:  Instagram: megshackleton and Twitter: @megshackleton

Name: Laura Sugar

Sport: Paracanoe & Para Athletics

Length of career: 7 Years

Top 3 accolades:

1) World silver medallist (paracanoe 2019)

2) 7 x European medallist (para athletics between 2014-2019)

3) European silver and World Cup silver medallist (Paracanoe 2019)

How you got into your sport: I've always loved sport and participated in a range of sports at a young age. I was born with Talipes and had my ankle fused at a young age however didn't let this hold me back in my sporting ambitions. I found a love for hockey at secondary school and ended up getting selected to play for Wales at U18 level, then working my way onto the Senior ranks. I did not know that my disability made me eligible for Para sport until watching London 2012 and saw someone with the same foot as me which then inspired me to take up Para sport. This led to making the Para athletics team in 2013 and it was the best thing I've ever done. I have since transferred to the paracanoe team in 2019 (while still competing in Athletics) after being talent spotted and hopefully I can have a successful career in both sports.

Your proudest moment in sport: I obviously am proud of winning medals, especially the first one in athletics and first in canoe which I will always hold dear, however one memory sticks out. Standing on the start line at the 100m final in Rio 2016 I took a moment to forget all about the nerves and just smiled to myself saying "I've done it", I ran my best ever 100m and came 5th.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: For me, watching the GB hockey girls win gold in Rio was a huge sporting moment, to come from behind as underdogs and win on penalty shuffles was an intense watch. They have inspired a new generation of hockey players who believe! Also, I remember watching the England Rugby team win in 2003 and although I was still quite young it gave me a belief that anything is possible and I still use that positive outlook today.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Jessica Ennis-Hill! Her attitude to life and balance around training and life always inspires me. She has overcome many hurdles and still comes out giving her best every time.

Where do we follow your progress: 

Instagram: Laurasugar1

Twitter: @Laurasugar1

Wakelet: https://wakelet.com/@LauraSugar

Name:  Gavin Walker

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby

Length of career: 7 Years

Top 3 accolades:

1) 3 x European gold medals

2) Rio Paralympian

3) GB Captain

How you got into your sport: IDuring my rehabilitation after my spinal cord injury, my physio told me about the sport which I quickly got involved in. I haven’t looked back.

Your proudest moment in sport: My proudest moment is singing our National Anthem at tournaments. I never get tired of representing our country.

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: There have been so many great achievements, but in recent months, to see Tyson Fury come back to fight at that level is amazing.

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: My team mates. I’m not a massive sports fan but the dedication and professionalism I see in my team mates makes me want to be better.

Where do we follow your progress:  Instagram: gm17walker and Twitter: @gm17walker

Name: Laurence Whiteley, MBE

Sport: Para rowing

Length of career: 8 years

Top 3 accolades:

1) Winning gold at the 2016 Rio games

2) Ambassador for the Bone Cancer Trust

3) Qualifying the boat for the 2020 Paralympic games whilst winning the 2019 World championship

How you got into your sport: Having reached my limit in my previous sport of para swimming, I was looking for a new challenge. I found rowing through word of mouth it was simply a case of why don't you give it a go.

Your proudest moment in sport: Winning gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Favourite / iconic moment in sporting History: 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Your most inspiring sporting hero / figure: Tom Aggar

Where do we follow your progress: Instagram: whiteleylaurence and Twitter: @LaurenceW_GB

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