As Chair of Paralympics GB our very own Nick Webborn has spent the last few weeks in Tokyo with the athletes and scaled back support team. It was a highly successful Games,which saw the team bringing back a fantastic 124 medals in total, and won medals in eighteen sports which is more than any other nation at a single Games in the history of the Paralympics.
The team at Sportswise had reason to keep a particularly close eye on one or two athletes competing, as we've been privileged to work with a few of them over the last couple of years in preparation for the Games.
David Weir was competing on both track and marathon events and put in an immense effort. His favoured event, the T54 mens Marathon, was on the last day of the Games where he placed fifth. David has since announced he will be retiring from the track events. The Sportswise team, and in particular his physio Paul Aston, are very proud of all he achieved and wish him well for the future.
In early 2020 Paul Aston also helped manage table tennis athlete Will Bayley after his ACL reconstruction. Will won two silver medals in Tokyo which is an amazing achievement just eighteen months after major surgery. Well done Will!
Dame Sarah Storey is an athlete who will always be close to the heart of the clinic as she has known Nick Webborn for many years now through Paralympics GB and is also coached by University of Brighton colleague Dr Gary Brickley. Sarah brought home 3 gold medals across both track and road racing, bringing her total to 17 gold medals and defining her as Britain's most successful Paralympian in history.
It goes without saying we are all so proud of every athlete who competed in Tokyo this summer and wish them all a restful end to summer 2021.