Paralympics Rio; If you won’t go, Brazil’s children will show.
With help from the international community, over 15,000 Brazilian youngsters will be attending the Rio Paralympic games thanks to a global crowdfunding effort which helps in raising over US$450,000 and See support coming from Royalties to co-operate donors as well as the average Joe Public.
Many people from all over the world responded to the campaign to make sure that the stands will be packed to see and cheer the Paralympians on in Rio.
This has left IPC President, Sir Philip Craven, and others bubbling over with excitement. “We are ecstatic to see the way so many people from all over the world have responded to this campaign” he said.
Entities and personalities such as; Visa, Allianz, Samsung, Citi Bank, Mars, and Prince Harry has joined forces with thousands of members of the general public in order to make it all happen. So instead of us seeing empty stands as images shot across our TV screens, the stands should be full and jumping. Read more;
Meanwhile, here are some highlights from day 6; The first medals for wheelchair tennis in these Paralympics in Rio both went to Great Britain. Burdekin and Lapthorne won bronze in the QUAD DOUBLES while Shuker and Whiley won bronze in the WOMEN'S DOUBLES.
The Women's Javelin Throw - F54 was won by Nigeria's Flora Ugwunwa at her first Paralympics medal. Flora threw a new world record 20.25. Silver for Aidi (TUN) and bronze for Situ (RSA).
Natalia Partyka has now won a historic 4th Paralympic Games Singles Gold!!
Abdullah Ozturk from Turkey won gold in table tennis in the Men's Singles-Class 4. To win his first Paralympics gold Ozturk beat 3-1 Xingyuan Guo. Women's Singles-Cl 10 gold was won by Poland's Natalia Partyka, at her 4th consecutive Paralympics gold. Read more;
Medal standings so far; Top Five
Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 63 51 33 147
Gr. Britain 34 18 23 75
Ukraine 27 21 24 72
USA 21 21 19 61
Brazil 10 21 12 43
Canada (in 16th spot) 4 8 2 14