Berlin 2018: Great Britain name team

Seven world champions to star at Para athletics Europeans

Young female Para athlete Hollie Arnold British flag Hollie Arnold of Great Britain is the world javelin T46 champion © • Getty Images

Great Britain has announced its 52-strong team for the 2018 World Para Athletics European Championships to be held 20-26 August in Berlin, Germany. The squad includes 15 medallists from the 2017 World Championships held on home soil in London. Among those returning medallists are world champions Hollie Arnold, Olivia Breen, Hannah Cockroft, Aled Davies, Sophie Hahn, Stef Reid and Richard Whitehead .

Arnold, Breen and Hahn are fresh off gold medals at April’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, winning the javelin F46, long jump T38 and 100m T38 respectively. The trio are also among 18 who won medals at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. The medal haul of 56 at Grosseto 2016 was a record for the British team at the event.

Richard Chiassaro, a four-time medallist from Grosseto 2016, is seeking to continue an excellent 2018 season in Berlin after setting the 800m T54 world record, along with personal bests in all distances from 100m to 800m.

Seventeen athletes will make their major senior international debuts. Eve Walsh Dann, who claimed world junior gold in the 100m and 200m T35-38 in Nottwil, Switzerland, last summer. Luke Nuttall also steps up having won silver in the 1500m T46 in Nottwil.

Four race runners will represent Britain for the first time at the European Championships, while Sally Brown earns her first call up since the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Paula Dunn, Head Coach at British Athletics, said: “We have a great tradition of winning medals at a continental level and I am looking forward to watching how our experienced athletes and those making their debuts perform.

“After a three-year period involving two World Championships, a Europeans and a Paralympic Games, it was always the intention for a handful of athletes to rest and recuperate in 2018. We have a great mixture of athletes going to Berlin who have reached the very top of the sport and those beginning their journey and I’ve no doubt they will learn a lot from each other in Berlin.”

More information on Berlin 2018 can be found online.

Full team:

Kare Adenegan – 100m, 800m T34

Hollie Arnold – Javelin F46

James Arnott – 100m, 200m T47

Graeme Ballard – 100m, 200m T36

Martina Barber – Long jump T20

Olivia Breen – 100m T38

Sally Brown – 100m, 200m & 400m T47

Jo Butterfield – Club throw F51

Richard Chiassaro – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m & 1500m T54

Hannah Cockroft – 100m, 800m T34

Aled Davies – Shot put, discus F63

David Devine – 1500m, 5000m T13

Hannah Dines – 100m RR3

Gavin Drysdale – 100m RR3

Sabrina Fortune – Shot put F20

Dan Greaves – Discus F64

Kylie Grimes – Club throw F51

Kayleigh Haggo – 100m RR3

Sophie Hahn – 100m, 200m T38 & 4x100m mixed relay

Callum Hall – 100m, 400m & 800m T53

David Henson – 200m T61

Jordan Howe – 100m, 200m T35

Harri Jenkins – 100m T33

Mo Jomni – 100m, 200m & 400m T53

Rhys Jones – 100m & 200m T37

Kyle Keyworth – 100m & 200m T35

Dillon Labrooy – 400m, 800m & 1500m T54

Maria Lyle – 100m, 200m T35

Nathan Maguire – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m T54 & 4x100m mixed relay

Polly Maton – Long jump, 100m T47 & 4x100m mixed relay

Stephen Miller – Club throw F32

Steve Morris – 800m, 1500m T20

Taz Nicholls – Discus F64

Luke Nuttall – 1500m T46

Stephen Osborne – 100m, 200m T51

Javaughan Parkes – 100m T36

Ross Paterson – 200m, 400m T38

Stef Reid – Long jump and 200m* T64 (200m subject to confirmation)

Ben Rowlings – 100m, 400m & 800m T34

Amir Sarvestani – Long jump T11

Zac Shaw – 100m & 200m T12

Luke Sinnott – 200m & long jump T63

Zak Skinner – 100m, long jump T13 & 4x100m mixed relay

Ali Smith – 100m, 200m, 400m & Long Jump T38

Rafi Solaiman – 100m RR3

Laura Sugar – 100m, 200m T44

Isaac Towers – 400m, 800m T34

Vanessa Wallace – Shot put, javelin F34

Eve Walsh Dann – 100m, 200m T36

Shaun White – 100m T33

Richard Whitehead – 200m T61

Thomas Young – 100m, 200m T38