Meet some of the ParalympicsGB athletes

Here’s everything you need to know about some of the heroes you’ll be cheering on this summer.

Ellie Simmonds OBE

Age: 21
Discipline: Swimming

Ellie Simmonds Paralympics team GB

Achievements: Ellie holds 10 world records, including 400m freestyle.
Motivational quote: “The competitiveness and the feeling of being on that podium, and all the experiences that I get to have – it’s so exciting!”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Ellie was the youngest member of ParalympicsGB in 2008 when, at just 13, she won two gold medals in Beijing.

Jonnie Peacock MBE

Age: 23
Discipline: 100 metres sprint (T44)

Jonny Peacock Paralympics GB

Achievements: Jonnie won gold for ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Paralympic games, setting a new world record.
Motivational quote: “I lost my leg aged five… Now I’m 1.9 seconds behind Usain Bolt.”
Why he is our supercharged hero: Aged five, Jonnie’s first words on hearing that he would be getting an artificial leg were: “Please can I run at the school sports day next summer?”

Will Bayley

Age: 28
Discipline: Table tennis

Paralympics team GB Will Bailey

Achievements: Will won a gold medal in the 2011 European Championships and took silver at London 2012.
Motivational quote: “Table tennis is not a Mickey Mouse sport. It’s blood, sweat and tears every day.”
Why he is our supercharged hero: Currently the world number one, he puts his success down to a sweaty T-shirt – superstitiously wearing the same top throughout every competition.

Jordanne Whiley MBE

Age: 24
Discipline: Wheelchair tennis

Paralympics team gb Jordanne Whiley

Achievements: Jordanne became Britain’s youngest-ever national women’s singles champion in wheelchair tennis, aged 14.
Motivational quote: “During a doubles final in the USA, I crashed into the fence mid-point and broke a rib. However I carried on playing and won in three sets!”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Jordanne has qualified for two Paralympics, winning one bronze and one gold, plus three silver and two bronze medals at World Cup tournaments. Definitely one to watch.

Charlotte Henshaw

Age 29
Discipline: Swimming

Paralympic team GB Charlotte Hensahw

Achievements: Charlotte secured a gold medal in 100m breaststroke at the 2009 IPC European Championship and another gold in the same event at the 2009 British Championships.
Motivational quote: “I always feel proud to compete for my country but competing for ParalympicsGB is even more special.”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Out of the water, sociable Charlotte is very active on Instagram and loves to post pictures of her training, friends and team mates – plus the occasional motivational mantra.

Ali Jawad

Age: 27
Discipline: Powerlifting

Paralympics team gb Ali Jawad

Achievements: Jawad was British Junior Powerlifting champion, and has set junior British and European records. As a senior, he won a gold medal in the 2015 European Powerlifting Championships.
Motivational quote: “In 1996, I watched the Atlanta Olympic Games and I saw Michael Johnson win the 200m and 400m double. As he stood on top of the podium, with his national anthem playing, I knew I wanted to represent my country at the Paralympics and win gold.”
Why he is our supercharged hero: Ali’s dedication to the sport puts most others to shame. He lives and breathes powerlifting.

Jack Rutter

Age: 25
Discipline: Football

Paralympics team GB Alex Rutter

Achievements: Jack led England to fifth place at the 2014 CPISRA European
Championships in Portugal. As team captain, he has been key in getting them to Rio.
Motivational quote: “I try and show everyone what can happen if you overcome adversity and keep trying to do the right things. Stick to some key skills honesty, respect, determination – and eventually you’ll be able to achieve your dreams.”
Why he is our supercharged hero: In 2013, Jack told the BBC: “I want to captain the GB team in the Paralympics in Rio in 2016 – that’s the dream.” Guess what…

Dame Sarah Storey

Age: 38
Discipline: Cycling

Paralympics team GB Sarah Stroey

Achievements: At London 2012 alone, Sarah won four golds.
Motivational quote: “World records are there to be challenged.”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Rio will be Sarah’s seventh Paralympics, and she heads to Rio having equalled Dave Roberts’ and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson’s incredible haul of 11 gold medals each.

Issy Bailey

Age: 21
Discipline: Shooting

Paralympics GB Issy bailey

Achievements: At London 2012 alone, Sarah won four golds.
Motivational quote: “World records are there to be challenged.”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Rio will be Sarah’s seventh Paralympics, and she heads to Rio having equalled Dave Roberts’ and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson’s incredible haul of 11 gold medals each.

Helena Lucas MBE

Age: 37
Discipline: Sailing

Helena Lucas Paralympics Team GB

Achievements: At London 2012, Helena became the first British athlete to win gold in sailing at a Paralympics since the sport officially became part of the programme in 2000.
Motivational quote: “[In London] I was amazed I won gold with almost a race to spare. The support from the British public was overwhelming. I am now campaigning hard to defend my title in Rio!”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Helena regularly blogs about her activities, making it really easy to feel involved in what she’s doing.

Ann Dunham MBE

Age: 67
Discipline: Equestrian

Anne Dunham Paralympics GB

Achievements: Anne has won gold medals in the team open at four consecutive
Games, taking an individual gold at Beijing.
Motivational quote: “I’m loving every minute of it. It still feels as good as when I first started.”
Why she is our supercharged hero: Anne will be one of the oldest competitors in Rio – and one of the most determined to leave her mark.

Read more about Ellie and Jonnie’s Supercharged diets and how you can support the Paralympic team GB.