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Greenwich Medal Success in Rio Paralympics
Sports charity Greenwich Starting Blocks has further reasons to celebrate GB successes out in Rio this week. The charity supported four talented athletes from the Royal Borough of Greenwich with financial and training awards to assist their progress to the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and now two athletes have won medals for GB.
Published: 9:43AM 12 October 2016
Greenwich Medal Success in Rio Paralympics

Sports charity Greenwich Starting Blocks has further reasons to celebrate GB successes out in Rio this week. The charity supported four talented athletes from the Royal Borough of Greenwich with financial and training awards to assist their progress to the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and now two athletes have won medals for GB.

Following on from Daryll Neita’s 4x100m relay bronze medal success in the Olympics, Greenwich Starting Blocks ambassador Susie Rodgers has followed up with three medals; gold in the S7 50m butterfly and bronzes in the S7 400m individual medley and S7 50m freestyle. Susie is competing at her second Paralympics Games, in London she won three bronze medals in the pool within the S7 category and has now topped this with her results out in Rio.

This takes the Greenwich Starting Blocks medal tally for Rio 2016 up to a total of four medals.

Greenwich Starting Blocks Ambassador

Sport

Medal

Susie Rodgers

Para Swimming S7 50m butterfly

Gold

Susie Rodgers

Para Swimming - S7 400m individual medley

Bronze

Susie Rodgers

Para Swimming - S7 50m freestyle

Bronze

Daryll Neita

Athletics – 4x100m Relay

Bronze

 

Susie explained how the charity sports award assisted her; “I have been supported by Greenwich Starting Blocks now for over 5 years and I continue to be very grateful for your support on my journey as a para swimmer. This year my funding through Greenwich Starting Blocks has allowed me access to train at various GLL leisure centres free of charge, particularly at Crystal Palace where I can use a lane to train twice weekly. This is invaluable for me and essential to my training. I have also used the London Aquatic Centre and found this extremely helpful. I suffered with an injury this year to my right shoulder which affected my performance at the World Championships. Although I still won a Gold and Bronze medal, I was lowered down a funding level by my National Governing Body. The award this year from Greenwich Starting Blocks has been so crucial in getting me back on track”.

“Greenwich Starting Blocks were extremely vital to my training and support as I worked towards my second Paralympic Games. I put every attention to detail and therefore the support from Greenwich Starting Blocks again this year was extremely important for helping me to get on the podium once again. I hope to continue what has been a successful relationship that has resulted in 22 international medals so far and now 6 Paralympic medals”.

Greenwich Starting Blocks Chairman, Peter Bundey explained “We are so delighted that Susie delivered this fantastic medal-winning performance in Rio, and this is only the beginning. She won three medals in London, and has done the same at these Games. Susie is an inspiration to many and I am sure that Greenwich Starting Blocks Charity can support even more future sports stars”.

“I encourage the local Greenwich community to help support these and future athletes by attending our forthcoming fund raising dinner on Thursday 27th October from 7.00pm-11,00pm at the InterContinental London – The O2”.

Susie continues the strong tradition of Royal Borough residents competing at Olympic and Paralympics Games.  During London 2012, the Borough celebrated the achievements of Tosin Oke, Paralympic Rugby player Andy Barrow, Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith, while Gemma Gibbons secured a historic Olympic silver medal in Judo.

 

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, the Council’s cabinet member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-being said: “On behalf of the Royal Borough I would like to congratulate all our athletes on their successes and the best of luck to Susie in the Paralympics”.

“Greenwich Starting Blocks has shown a vital role in supporting local sportsmen and sportswomen, with bursaries ensuring that the athletes have the means to train and compete, and ultimately achieve great success”.

For details on the dinner please contact jack.hooper@royalgreenwich.gov.uk telephone 020 8921 8651
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