The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 gets underway this month marking the 16th Summer Paralympic Games and featuring 537 events from 22 sports. There is going to be an abundance of top quality sporting action including plenty of local interest for ParalympicsGB.

Paralympic legend, once star of the pool now of the Velodrome Jody Cundy MBE from Wisbech is competing in his seventh Games. Jonnie Peacock MBE will once again be going for gold on the track in the T44 100m, in his third Games. Matt Skelhon from Peterborough will be appearing at his fourth Games in Shooting, hoping to medal again. Lauren Steadman from Sawtry is another athlete to switch from the pool who will also be at her fourth Games, and second as a Triathlete. Peterborough's Lydia Church competes in the shot put following her success with silver at the European Championship early this year. Competing in his first Paralympic Games, Will Hipwell from Papworth Everard is part of the nine-strong Boccia team.

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Jody Cundy MBE

Laura Sugar will be at her second Games, and she too has changed sports from the track to Para-canoeing and is going in as World silver medallist from 2019. Another athlete switching to Para-canoe for this Games is Dave Phillipson from Huntingdon. Previously the number one ranked wheelchair tennis player in Great Britain he is taking to the water for Tokyo - his fourth Olympic Games. 

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Lauren Steadman

James Fox
from Peterborough will be competing at his second Games in Rowing, looking to remain undefeated in his Para-rowing international career. Lee Manning also at his second Games will be in the Wheelchair Basketball team, aiming to make the final after their bronze from Rio 2016, and becoming World Champions in 2018.

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James Fox

Included in the ParalympicsGB line up are four former Living Sport Sports Awards winners - Jonnie Peacock MBE, Lauren Steadman, James Fox and Lee Manning. It is an honour to have celebrated and recognised their early career success through Living Sport's annual awards programme.

To look out for these local athletes and keep up with all the action tune into Channel 4’s Paralympic coverage throughout the Games. Also make sure to check out Jonnie’s Blade Camp on All 4. The documentary follows Jonnie Peacock as he launches a year-long training camp for five young amputees, helping them to embrace their prosthetics and unleash their sporting potential.