Here come the Limb Difference Paralympians, part one
The Paralympics are almost here and thousands of athletes are arriving in the UK to play their part in the games - the biggest Paralympics ever staged.
DysNet will be posting a number of Paralympic-themed articles over the next few weeks, including a look at some of those athletes with limb differences who have dedicated their lives to triumphing over any difficulties and making it to the top of their sport to compete at Paralympics London 2012.
Here are our first few:
Kim Daybell Team: GB
Sport: Table Tennis
Table-tennis player, Kim Daybell who has Poland Syndrome, was only classified in 2008 is now ranked number 9 in the world and has secured his place in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Prior to beginning study at The University of Leeds the first year medic took a year out of studying to concentrate on his training and during this time won two open events in Slovakia and Germany.
Matthew Cowdrey Team: Australia
Matthew John Cowdrey, OAM is an Australian swimmer and holder of numerous world records. He lives in South Australia and swims for the Norwood Swimming Club. Born missing his left forearm, Matthew started swimming at age five. At the last Paralympics in Beijing, he won five gold, three silver and broke five world records.
Jerome Singleton Jr Team: US
Jerome is preparing to defend his "World's Fastest Amputee" title, coined after winning the men's 100m at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Jerome runs with one blade, having had a leg amputated as a child after being born with fibular hemimelia.
Ellen Keane Team: Ireland
This is 17 year old Ellen's second Paralympics and she will compete in the 100-metre butterfly, the 100-metre Individual Medley (IM) and the 100-metre breaststroke.
Ellen, from near Dublin, will compete in the amputee class, having been born missing her lower left forearm. In 2010, she received a scholarship to the UK's Kelly College where she is coached by former Olympian Robin Brew
Image: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Arnaud Assoumani Team: France
Sport: Long Jump
Arnaud won gold at Beijing for France in the F46 long jump and set a new world record with a jump of 7.23 metres. He had previously won bronze at the 2004 Games. He's recently been in the news after robbers sprayed him with tear gas and stole his scooter in which his prosthetic arm was stowed. It was later recovered, having been tossed, undamaged into a bush.
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