11th May 2023
2023 WORLD PARA ATHLETICS GP HEADS TO JESOLO
The World Para Athletics Grand Prix heads to Jesolo in Italy on Friday for a three-day competition [12-14 May] which sees a host of British athletes in action.
There are 19 Brits competing with two Paralympic champions in action on Friday: Dan Pembroke (coach: David Turner, club: Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) in the F13 javelin, and Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell, Charnwood) in the T38 100m.
Pembroke won his first Paralympic title in Tokyo, and this will be his first competition of the 2023 season as he targets making the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for his first World Para Athletics Championships this summer.
As for Young, he took gold in Japan in 2021 following world silver in 2019 and will continue his 2023 outdoor season after opening at the BUCS Outdoor Championships last month. He goes in the 100m on Friday afternoon in Italy.
The reigning world champion in the T35 100m and 200m, Maria Lyle (Jamie Bowie, Team East Lothian) will be in action in both of the sprints on Friday and Sunday respectively. European silver medallist John Bridge (Darrell Maynard, Cardiff) [T47] takes on the 400m, while 2017 world champion Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk, Bristol and West) [T64] also competes in the 100m.
In the field, Harrison Walsh (Nathan Stephens, Swansea) will compete in the discus [F44]. Last season was a successful one for the 27-year-old as he threw a personal best mark of 56.11m and won bronze for Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
The event website can be found HERE.
There will be a live stream available on the Para Athletics Facebook page.