Four British Paralympians Named to Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame

New Hall of Fame Members (Photo: IPC)

Four British legends of Paralympic sport have been inducted in to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame, the home of the origins of the Paralympic Games.

Shooter Isabel Newstead, table tennis player Jane Blackburn, wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk, and wheelchair basketball player Simon Munn. Those who are included in the hall of fame are all legends of British para sport, which has to have a link to Stoke Mandeville and Paralympic sport charities.

The Paralympic Games has its origins in Stoke Mandeville, where the first games for individuals with spinal injury were held. The 2017 Hall of Fame ceremony formed part of the Inter Spinal Games, which builds on Stoke Mandeville’s Paralympic legacy.

Newstead had a phenomenal carer, winning nine medals across three sports and competing in seven Paralympic Games. She is not just one of the most accomplished para athletes in Britain but in the whole world.

Blackburn represented Great Britain at five Paralympic Games winning four straight Table Tennis titles. She went undefeated from 1972-1986, a feat that has yet to be matched by any athlete, while still competing in multiple sports.

Norfolk was the first ever quad singles Paralympic champion in wheelchair tennis as he won in Athens before backing up in Beijing. He carried the flag for Great Britain at the London 2012 opening ceremony before winning silver in the quad doubles.

Munn has been to the seven latest Paralympic Games proving a vital part of the British Wheelchair Basketball team since 1992. In that time Munn has claimed four Paralympic medals, three bronze and one silver, two world championship silver medals and 11 European medals, four of those gold.

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