IPC Athletics World Championship Preview

Sabrina Fortune, Shot Put

My Sport, My Voice! Athlete Rep Sabrina Fortune will be competing in the Shot Put at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships starting this Thursday.

Fortune and her Great Britain teammates will be competing to get qualifying spots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This will be the biggest IPC Athlete Championships yet with almost 1,400 athletes from 94 competing in 214 medal events.

The Great Britain team is made of 48 talented individuals, including London 2012 Paralympic champions David Weir, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, and Richard Whitehead. Head coach Paula Dunn believes that the Great Britain team can bring home up to 30 medals with 12 golds.

She explains: “Paralympic sport has moved on in leaps and bounds since London, but I don’t want to just look at outcomes. If some of the newcomers can move up the world rankings with their performances here then that is a really good position to go on to Rio.”

Great Britain is expected to face stiff competition from Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, China, and the USA and IPC President Sir Philip Craven claims that this year’s championships will “deliver some of the best performances and stories yet.”

The Championships will run from 22nd to 31st October at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha. You can follow Fortune’s events and many others on the IPC Athletics page and through BBC Sport. The BBC Sport website will have daily reports as well as coverage of key events on BBC Radio 5 and BBC World Service.

Good luck to Sabrina and to the rest of the Great Britain team!