Rio Paralympics 2016 | The Closing Ceremony

Monday 19 September 2016

The final day arrived for the Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) and it was straight into the first workshop of the day focused around performing under pressure and controlling the controllable elements in their chosen sporting field.

There was personal input from the athlete mentors Ben Quilter and Rik Waddon on their individual journeys and what worked best for them at major events.

The team then split into small groups where they each had input into their own preferred strategies and components that they felt would benefit their own performance in helping them achieve their goals and targets.

 PiP athletes final day

After a short break for lunch it was on to British House and back into one-to-one mode with their allocated mentors to reflect on the week and discuss in depth their experience of the PiP and how it has helped them to think outside the box and put themselves in the mind and shoes of a professional athlete.

The final journey of the day was a short bus ride to the Closing Ceremony.

Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony 1

The Closing Ceremony was a chance to really appreciate the enormous global scale of the event that is the Paralympic Games. After five days absorbed in sport, it was the culmination of the Programme before the group travel back to the UK and reflect on their experience. They will come back together in November to present their learnings to each other and discuss their individual plans in order to ensure they have the best chance of reaching their goals over the next few years.

It has been a wonderful experience for the PiP athletes who were provided the unique opportunity to experience the Paralympic Games, and for them to witness ParalympicsGB claim their third highest medal haul in British Paralympic history. 

Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony 2

The team will return from Rio with 64 gold medals - the most gold medals and indeed most medals of any British Paralympic team since Seoul 1988.

A series of exceptional performances ensured ParalympicsGB comfortably passed the 121 medal target set by UK Sport, eventually finishing with 64 golds, 39 silvers and 44 bronzes, a total of 147 medals - a result which sees the team finish second in the table behind China.

Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony 3

All in all it has been a fabulous two weeks which has equipped the PiP group with the first-hand experience of a Paralympic Games and all that comes with it, here’s to the next four years and Tokyo in 2020!

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