Great Britain Australia and Canada add to Rio 2016 squads

Australia’s archer Jonathon Milne (Photo: World Archery)

Three countries have added to their Rio squads as Great Britain, Australia and Canada all added names on Friday. Great Britain added a plethora to their athletics squad while both Australia and Canada announced their archery squads.

Britain added 41 to their athletics squad following the conclusion of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix last weekend. 21 of those athletes are returning Paralympians with Johnny Peacock and Libby Clegg back to defend medals and Stephen Miller returning for his sixth Paralympic Games.

Peacock looks to defend his T44 100m final, after winning on home soil in London four years ago. Clegg comes to Rio with a new classification, a new guide in Chris Clarke and will be wearing a blindfold for the first time at a Paralympic Games. That did not stop Clegg in London at the IPC Athletics Final when she broke a World Record in the T11 200m final.

There are some notable new editions, including one who just missed out on the earlier selection from the World Championships. T54 800m runner Kare Adenegan will compete in her first Paralympics and has a real shot at a medal having won bronze at the world championships last year.

Two other debutants have only come to the sport in the last four years, the first, Laura Sugar, a T44 sprinter was spotted at a ParalympicsGB event in late 2012. The other, David Henson, was injured in 2011 while fighting in Afghanistan and has used sport as part of his rehabilitation.

Two athletes who were originally listed as reserves have been called up to the full squad due to GB being awarded additional places. Discus thrower Bev Jones will be competing in her fifth Paralympic Games and runner Carly Tait will be making her debut, after impressing at the European Championships.

Australia has not competed in Archery since the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens but Jonathon Milne has ended the drought. Milne has only been playing the sport for two years but has quickly become a leader, coming fourth at the World Archery championship.

Milne only suffered his injury in 2013 and returned to archery after playing as a teenager before his injury. The challenge of competing in the sport as a wheelchair user pushed Milne on and he has quickly become a real contender for a medal in Rio.

Canada will send two Paralympic veterans to Rio for the archery competition as they announced Karen Van Nest and Kevin Evans joined the team. Van Nest is entering her fifth Paralympic Games, while for Evans it will be his third.

Van Nest originally competed in shooting at the Paralympics before switching to archery ahead of the London games four years ago. Van Nest is coming in off of a silver in the Parapans 12 months ago, and will be hopeful of a medal in Rio.


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