THE Paralympic Games open in Rio tonight.
Great Britain is sending a 264-strong team – including guides, pilots and competition partners – to compete in 19 of the 22 Paralympic sports on offer in Rio.
The team, including 17 vision impaired athletes, will be striving towards UK Sport’s target of 121 medals – one more than London 2012.
Paralympics GB has confirmed that Lee Pearson CBE, will carry the flag for Great Britain in the Opening Ceremony in Rio tonight (Wednesday, September 7).
Over the next 11 days you can follow and celebrate the ParalympicsGB team in their incredible efforts, including the 17 vision impaired Paralympian’s who will be competing in five sports – athletics, cycling-tandem, equestrian, judo and swimming.
Metro Blind Sport has a list of some of ParalympicsGB’s vision impaired athletes and their Twitter handles so you can follow their journeys here.
ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said she was confident that the best possible team had been selected and that they were ready to go out and compete.
“This Games is not without its challenges, but with a very experienced team on the ground and the huge support of the British public back at home, we will give our athletes the very best opportunity to shine now that the Paralympic Games is under the spotlight,” she said.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games open tonight (Wednesday, September 7) and will come to a close on Sunday, September 18.