Cancel Your Plans… It’s An AMAZING Weekend For The London Paralympics Games 2012

31 August 2012

Tom Aggar

Tom Aggar is rowing on Sunday

 Sky bloggers  By Sky Sports News Journalists Orla Chennaoui and Lia Hervey

Made plans for this weekend? Er, might be time to cancel them…

The Paralympic Games has an action-packed schedule for Saturday and Sunday. And believe us, you don’t want to miss a thing.

Ellie Simmonds is going for gold in the 400m freestyle at the Aquatic Centre tomorrow. She was just 13 when she won her first medal in Beijing in 2008. And rower Tom Aggar, who broke his back in a fall at university, will compete in the single sculls final on Sunday.

We’ve been catching up with all the athletes who’ve already competed. And we’ve noticed the style trend started by the Olympic athletes is being carried on by the Paralympians, with the ladies hitting the athletes’ nail bar for a patriotic polish.

This morning, GB’s first gold medallist of the Games, the cyclist Sarah Storey, treated herself to a pamper, and tweeted a picture of her freshly-painted union-flag nails clutching onto her precious metal ware.

Sarah has won an incredible nine gold Paralympic medals, and 19 in total. But despite the huge haul, she told us after her competition yesterday that she wouldn’t be taking this one off, and planned to sleep with it last night!

ellie Simmonds

Don't miss Ellie Simmonds on Saturday

It was a good day for the home team cyclists, who mirrored the Olympic team by winning GB’s first medal of the Games (both a silver), and also winning the first gold.

We spoke to the first medallist Nyree Kindred this morning, who picked up silver yesterday in the S6 100m backstroke. Remarkably, she only gave birth 14 months ago. She says swimming and breastfeeding were what helped her get back in shape so quickly. In fact, she never actually stopped training and was swimming up to 3km a session for most of her pregnancy. She was even swimming the day before she gave birth! Now that’s dedication…


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