2nd August 2017
Preview: Brits set for inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships
14 British athletes will compete at the inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland starting on Thursday through to Sunday.
The championship offers an opportunity for developing athletes who are on the pathway towards individual medal success at a future senior world championships or Paralympic Games.
On Thursday, the championships will get underway with plenty of British interest to kick off proceedings. Sheffield & Dearne’s Jayden Saberton (Lee Walker) will be the first Briton on track in the T37 200m in the U18 category, looking to revise his personal best of 25.84 set indoors back in 2016.
Team Bath’s Daphne Schrager (Alan Richardson / Rob Ellchuk) leads the line in the T35 200m whilst Northern Ireland’s Eve Dann (Roger Sexton) goes in the T36 equivalent in the U18s event.
Two other U18s are involved on the track on day one including Simran Kaur (Nick Harris) who makes her maiden British appearance in the T46 200m whilst Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) begins a busy schedule with the 200m in the T54 class with three events to follow afterwards.
The long jump pit will be keenly watched by the British contingent as two U18s compete for world junior glory. Peterborough’s Karim Chan (Femi Akinsanya) has been close to his lifetime best so far in 2017 with a 6.04m jump, but will be hoping to get near to his best of 6.14m this week. Esme O’Connell (Ian Roberts) goes in the women’s equivalent; the Dacorum and Tring athlete just one centimetre behind her best ever mark so far in 2017.
U20 athletes featuring on day one include Amar Aichoun (Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun) in the T38 200m, Amy Carr (Rick Betts) goes in the T37 200m with Jack Agnew (Heather Ardis), beginning his campaign which includes five separate events, taking on the one-lap distance in the T54 race.
You can follow results live on the Rollstuhlsport Schweiz app which can be downloaded.
There will be a live stream available here from Thursday morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOJ-3pnUfPc
British Athletics Para Junior Team for the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland between 3-6 August 2017:
Karim Chan (Femi Akinsanya) T20 Long Jump
Eve Dann (Roger Sexton) – T36 100m and 200m
Simran Kaur (Nick Harris) – T46 100m and 200m
Molly Kingsbury (Ben Davies) – T37 Long Jump and 100m
Ethan Kirby (Michael Swift) – T20 400m
Luke Nuttall (Vince Wilson / Alison Wyeth) – T46 1500m
Esme O’Connell (Ian Roberts) – T20 Long Jump
Eden Rainbow-Cooper (Jenny Archer) – T54 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m
Jayden Saberton (Lee Walker) – T37 100m and 200m
Daphne Schrager (Alan Richardson / Rob Ellchuk) – T35 100m and 200m
Jack Agnew (Heather Ardis) – T54 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m
Amar Aichoun (Jeffrey Lawal-Balogun) – T38 100m and 200m
Craig Boardman (Paul Smith) – T34 100m, 200m and 400m
Amy Carr (Rick Betts) – T37 100m, 200m and Long Jump