Paralympic sport’s ones to watch for 2016
The GB team for the Rio Paralympics will be finalised in July 2016
The Rio Paralympics are fast approaching and Britain’s leading elite disabled athletes are hoping the coming year can bring success.
The Games, which run from 7-18 September, will see about 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries travel to Rio to compete in 526 medal events in 22 different sports.
Britain enjoyed a hugely successful London Paralympics in 2012, winning 120 medals, including 34 golds, to finish second on the medal table behind China and Russia.
GB athletes have already secured more than 120 unnamed slots, across 15 sports, with a team of more than 200 expected to be named for the Games.
BBC Sport takes a look at some of the competitors who will be hoping to make an impact in their respective sports in 2016 on the biggest stage of all.
Charlotte Moore (wheelchair basketball)
Despite being only 17, Moore has been playing wheelchair basketball for eight years and is now a key part of the GB women’s squad who will be playing at next year’s Rio Paralympics.
The Counden Court student has a hectic life, combining her first year of A Level study in Biology, Chemistry and PE with training alongside the rest of the GB players who are based at the University of Worcester.
In 2012 Moore, who is also a talented wheelchair racer, was part of the Paralympic Inspiration programme and after London made getting to Rio her goal – and she is well placed to achieve it.
The teenager, who was left paraplegic by a form of cancer when she was just three months old, enjoyed double medal success in 2015, first helping the GB Under-25 Women to the world title before securing bronze at the European Championships, losing by one point to eventual champions Germany in the semi-final before recovering to beat France for third place. She also had the honour of being named in the tournament’s All Star team.
“Having so many others on the team around the same age as me has been really good,” she said.