Jonnie will be lining up against the Blade Runner, reigning champion Oscar Pistorius, in the
T44 100m, which should be an absolute stormer of a race. He only started running a couple of years ago, after being talent-spotted and fast-tracked into the Team GB squad. Jonnie broke Pistorius’s world record this year, running the 100m in 10.85 seconds
Shortly after Liz arrived in China for the 2008 Paralympics, she heard her mother had lost her battle with cancer. She went on to win the 100m SB6 breaststroke and dedicated the medal to her mum, who had got her into the sport. The women’s 100m breaststroke will be very competitive. There’s Team GB’s Charlotte Henshaw, who beat Liz this year at the World Cup, and a Baywatch-type blonde from America called Mallory Weggemann, who smashed all the records in that category at the 2010 World Championships by three or four seconds
Tom is the reigning Paralympic world champion in the single sculls – raced over 1km as opposed to the 2km in the able-bodied race. At university he played rugby, and hoped to become an officer in the Royal Marines before he broke his back in a freak accident. Tom started rowing to improve his fitness, and has become a four-time world champion
Sarah’s a former swimmer who first competed at the Barcelona Paralympics aged 14. She’s won medals at every Games she has been in, including seven golds – five for swimming and two for cycling. After suffering an ear infection in 2004, she wasn’t able to get back in the pool. Jody Cundy, the track cyclist who’s also a former swimmer, then suggested she have a go at cycling, and the rest is history. Sarah also competes in able-bodied cycling. She represented England in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and just missed out on getting into the able-bodied squad for London 2012
Pete’s nickname is ‘the Quadfather’ and he’s a two-time Paralympic quad champion, world number two and one of the favourites for the singles. In the doubles, he is partnered with Andy Lapthorne. Pete and Andy have this rivalry with the USA’s David Wagner and Nick Taylor, who has the racquet attached to his hand and serves the ball by flicking it up in the air with his feet. Recently, the Americans protested the British pair’s eligibility, so there’s a lot of needle and, if they meet in the final, it will be one massive grudge match
How to watch the Paralympics
There is live coverage on Channel 4 daily from Thursday, August 30 from 7am to 10.30pm, interrupted occasionally by shows such as Hollyoaks and Channel 4 News. Coverage then moves over to More4.
Three additional streams of Paralympics action are available at Channel4.com or, in a similar manner to the BBC’s extra channels during the Olympics, within the sports section of the EPG on Sky and Virgin.