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Upcoming UK Paralympic events

Emma Tracey Emma Tracey | 13:19 UK time, Thursday, 13 September 2012

The flame has been quenched, the flag passed on, the athletes paraded and the media disbursed. The London 2012 Paralympics are definitely over.

But while a lack of media coverage of disability sports outside of the Games might suggest that athletes spend the four years between Paralympics hidden away in a secret underground training camp, the reality is very different.

All the Paralympic athletes we have come to know and love compete regularly, both at international events and in competitions held throughout the UK.

While some are taking a post-Paralympic break, others will be back on the horse / bike / wheelchair basketball court before you know it. So why not get out there and cheer them on? You might even catch a glimpse of a gold medallist.

So, here's a quick flavour of some of the para sport events you could go and see in the UK soon.


The British Dressage Championships take place at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, between 13 and 16 September. The ParalympicsGB Equestrian team will not compete at this event but they will all ride in a victory parade on the afternoon of the 15th.

GB Paralympians Natasha Baker, Sophie Wells and Deb Criddle ride at disabled and non-disabled events, so they will be competing in the next few weeks. Other riders like Lee Pearson, who only take part in disability competitions, will be back in the saddle in February 2013 when the next Para Dressage season begins.


The velodrome at Manchester's National Cycling Centre will play host to The British National Track Championships, from 26 to 30 September. Paralympic gold medallist Mark Colbourne will take part in all three Para-Cycling competitions at the event. Jody Cundy will compete with non-disabled cyclists in the Open 1km Time Trial.

Wheelchair Basketball

Sadly there are no international matches on the horizon so the GB team you saw at the Paralympics won't be playing together for a little while. But they do play in domestic home leagues.

Each year, the top four UK wheelchair basketball teams battle it out over 18 games in the RGK Super League - sponsored by a wheelchair manufacturer. During the next one, which Starts on 6 October and runs through to April 2013, league matches will be held at courts in London, Wolverhampton, Sheffield and Cheshire.

The big four teams are: Tameside Owls, GLL and Aspire London Titans, Sheffield Steelers, and RGK Sporting Club Rhinos.


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