The London Paralympics in 2012 should be a great event for British paralympians. Not only does Britain have some of the finest Paralympic athletes in the world, but they will also have the advantage of being on home soil, able to enjoy the huge morale-boosting factor of having the crowd supporting them during the Games.
In particular, five British paralympians are tipped to make their mark this year, both in the Olympics, and in the Betfair 2012 Olympics odds.
Darren Kenny is a cyclist who made his Paralympics debut in Athens, in 2004. Not only did he win two golds and a silver, but he also broke two world records in the process. His amazing debut at Athens was followed up at Beijing, in 2008, when he won a stunning total of four golds and one silver.
Susie Rodgers is a 27 year old swimmer, who has only just made her international debut. Last July, at the European Championships, she was one of the British team’s star performers, winning five golds.
Simon Munn has already represented Great Britain at basketball in five Paralympics. One of the mainstays of the GB wheelchair basketball team, Munn is hoping to compete in his sixth games in London.
He has already won silver and bronze in previous games, and is going for gold in 2012. This will be his last Paralympics before retiring, so it would be great for him to go out on a high.
Tom Aggar is a rower, who is unbeaten at World Championship level. The former Saracens rugby player has four gold medals to his name, so far. He is hoping to retain his Olympic title in the single sculls on Eton Dorney rowing lake, this summer.
Dr Ludwig Guttmann first organised competitions for disabled people to coincide with the London Olympic Games in 1948, and is seen as the founder of the Paralympics.
The Olympic-style games had become a major event by 1960, but the official title of Paralympics was not adopted until 1984. Since the 1988 Seoul Games, the Paralympics have been held in the same venues as the Olympics, and cities are required to bid for the Olympics and Paralympics as a joint package.
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