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The IPC Athletics European Championships begin in Swansea!

The IPC Athletics European Championships begin in Swansea!

Jonnie PeacockToday sees the start of the IPC Athletics European Championships, bringing together around 560 athletes from 49 countries as they bid for glory in what is the first ever championships to be held within the UK.

This will be the fourth IPC Athletics European Championships, with previous tournaments having been held in Assen in 2003, Espoo in 2005 and Stadskanaal in 2012.

Team Össur Athlete Richard Whitehead will be taking part in the T42 200m, with the final scheduled for 17:31 on Thursday 21st August. The whole of Össur are behind him and wish him every success.

In addition to Richard Whitehead there are three other British Athletes who Össur UK work with that are competing in the championships this week to watch out for.

Sophie Kamlish

Competing in the T44 100m on the 19th August and T44 200m on the 21st August.

On her Games debut at London 2012, Sophie qualified for the first Paralympic final of her career in the T44 100m where she placed 5th, and she subsequently recorded a personal best time of 29.08 in the final of the T44 200m, where she placed 6th.

In addition to Athletics, Sophie enjoys Wheelchair Basketball, having previously competed in Junior League Finals.

Stef Reid

Stef Reid

Competing in the T44 100m on the 19th August and T44 Long Jump on the 22nd August.

Stef Reid is a Paralympian who competes for Great Britain in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump. Stef competed in the 2008 Paralympics for Canada and won a bronze medal in the women’s T44 200m. Stef began competing for Great Britain in 2010 and broke 3 World Records in the space of 2 months. Stef won a silver medal in the long jump at the London 2012 Paralympics, and is a strong multi medalist contender for Rio 2016. - See more at:http://www.stefaniereid.co.uk/about/about-stef#sthash.wddQbNVG.dpuf

Jonnie Peacock

Competing in the T44 100m on the 19th August.

Jonnie is a Paralympic sprinter who won Gold at London 2012 during one of the best summers in British Athletics history.
Jonnie re-set the record books, running a time of 10.90 seconds in the T44 100m final, setting a Paralympic record in the process. Just prior to the Paralympics, he broke the World record, running 10.85 seconds at the United States Paralympic Track and Field Trials.

We wish the best of luck to all our friends competing in the games over the next few days! Remember you can follow us onFacebook and Twitter and be sure to tune in to Channel 4 for all the coverage.