The summer of sport is coming to an end, but not before the Tokyo Paralympic Games hosts some of the world’s best athletes. Here are 16 of the best women representing Team GB and potentially bringing home gold.
fter a short break, Team GB is back – and this time, it’s at the Tokyo Paralympic Games where they have every opportunity to match their Olympic haul of medals. The games start today (24 August) to feed our appetites for athletics, swimming, cycling and more.
Much like the Olympics, this year is record-breaking for female athlete participation. There will be 1,853 women competing at the Paralympic games in Tokyo – the highest number ever. However, with over 4,500 athletes competing in total, there’s still a way to go for gender equality at the Paralympics.
Team GB has an incredible selection of Paralympians ready for the games to start. Keep your eyes on these 16 women over the next couple of weeks as they hope to striking gold.
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Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in athletics?
Competing in both sprint and long jump events, Breen already has a host of medals under her belt. She won gold in the long jump in her last international competition, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but most recently made headlines for standing against comments on her shorts being “too short”.
Arnold is the current Paralympic champion in javelin, having taken gold at the 2016 Games in Rio. Since then, she’s also won both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games, setting her sights on winning in Tokyo.
The fastest ever British female wheelchair racer over 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances, all eyes will be on Kinghorn during the 2020 Games. “Tokyo has been our main aim since the day I started,” she previously told Sky News. “Everything was always leading up to Tokyo, where I would really shine and win major medals. I’m excited to see what will come.”
Adenegan won a silver medal and two bronze medals in Rio, aged just 15. The wheelchair racer also set a new world record in the 2018 Müller Anniversary Games, with a time of 16.80 seconds in the T34 100m. The same year, she took home the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
Winning five gold medals at two Paralympic Games and holding world records in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500-metre wheelchair races, Cockcroft is one of Team GB’s best-known athletes.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in swimming?
Simmonds was just announced as the flag bearer for Team GB. No surprise, given that she’s one of the best Paralympians in the country after rising to fame when she won two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, aged just 13. She continued to take home first place at the London and Rio Games, and it appears she has no intention of stopping her winning streak in Tokyo.
Summers-Newton is making her debut on the Paralympic stage in Tokyo – yet she’s already a world record holder, having set the 200m individual medley time twice in one year during her 2019 competitions.
Having held British, European and world records in SB13 100m breaststroke, and taking gold at the 2019 World Championships, there’s British buzz around Redfern for Tokyo 2020.
An all-rounder in the pool, Firth has won medals in breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and medley races. Taking three golds at Rio, we’re looking forward to seeing how Firth competes in Tokyo.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in cycling?
Cox was one of the biggest British success stories from Rio, competing both in cycling and track and field events. She’ll be competing on the bike in the 500m track race, while also competing in athletics for Team GB.
Taking home a silver in the the individual pursuit and bronze in the road race, Lane-Wright will be setting her sights on gold at Tokyo.
Storey holds 14 Paralympic gold medals and is the most successful female British Paralympian of all time. Starting her sports career as a swimmer, she pivoted to cycling in 2005 and has since won nine cycling golds in three Paralympic Games in both track and road race events.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in rowing?
In 2015, less than a year after taking up rowing, Rowles won silver in the trunk-arms mixed double sculls with her partner Laurence Whiteley. In Rio, they set world records in the heats and took gold – an achievement they hope to repeat at Tokyo 2020.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in powerlifting?
Newson took home bronze at London and Rio, but most recently took home gold at the 2020 Manchester World Cup and the 2021 Dubai World Cup, lifting an impressive 88kg in the ~41kg category in her latest competition.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics taekwondo?
Para-taekwondo is making it’s debut at the Paralympics this year, and all eyes will be on Truesdale. As a pioneer of the sport, she’s taken part in the sport for 22 years – most impressively winning gold at the 2017 Para Taekwondo World Championships.
Who’s competing in the Tokyo Paralympics triathlon?
Another household name thanks to her performance in the pool at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. Steadman made the change to the paratriathlon for 2016, taking home a silver medal.
There’s high hopes for Cashmore at Tokyo after she beat GB teammate Steadman for the title in 2019. In fact, Cashmore also started her career as a swimmer, winning gold in the 4 x 100-metre medley relay in Rio.
Chloe Gray is the senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).