Medals start rolling in for ParalympicsGB

Friday 9 September 2016

Day two started with breakfast, the selection here is something to behold! After our PiP athletes had refuelled for the day it was time for a brief, a recap on yesterday and a look ahead to the first day of competition. It was also the group's first opportunity to set foot in the Olympic Park.

PiP athletes were asked to focus on managing their energy levels, an important part of the overall experience and learning curve. After a late night at the opening ceremony there were a few tired faces, but once on board the transport, spirits were high ahead of a session at the aquatics centre to watch the swimming heats.

Rio Swiming Pool

The group cheered on Jonathan Fox to win his heat in the 100m backstroke S7 event amongst many others. The atmosphere was electric and seats were packed. It was amazing to hear the crowd get behind the Brazilian athletes.

A little later there was time to enjoy some wheelchair basketball where ParalympicsGB beat Algeria to progress in the competition, and after lunch it was time for a team photo at the agitos in the Olympic Park. The group have become quite the tourist attraction and many locals have been keen to take photos with them!

PiP athletes group shot Rio 2016

PiP athletes at the Olympic Park in Rio, including military Veterans Vinod Budhathoki (second from left, front row) and Steve Crowley (far right, back row)

The afternoon was spent at the Velodrome where the group got to support the ParalympicsGB cyclists trackside, and got to witness the first medal of the Games won by Megan Giglia (Gold) in the C3 3000m Individual Pursuit. Later they witnessed history watching Dame Sarah Storey win her twelfth gold in the C5 Individual Pursuit making her the most decorated female Paralympian. The medals kept on coming and the group really were inspired by the performances with the national anthem being sung loudly by all.

Rio Velodrome

Para-triathlete and PiP athlete Lizzie Tench said: "The highlight for me was the cycling today because GB were so dominant, it makes you feel proud to be British."

"Today was about understanding the scale of the Games and what that means in terms of getting round - the size of the park is about what I expected but it was great to be there and soak up the atmosphere."

Tomorrow will see the group set foot in the coveted Athlete Village where they will be shown around the site. This will be followed by a visit to British House - the ParalympicsGB hub where the team and staff can meet with friends and family, British media and supporters.

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