2016 Rio De Janerio

Get Kids Going!’s Sophie Christiansen wins third Rio Equestrian Gold

Great Britain’s Sophie Christiansen adds three more Gold medals to her collection, after Rio Paralympic 2016 success.

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Born two months prematurely with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, Sophie is the most disabled member of the British equestrian team.

Get Kids Going! helped Sophie in her younger days along the way to Stardom, before she won the bronze medal at Athens Paralympics in 2004.

Sophie has now won eight Paralympic Gold medals in dressage, and contributed three out of the seven Golds that were won by The GB Team in Rio Paralympics 2016.

The Paralympic Champion won the Individual Championship and Individual Freestyle, with GB team-mate Anne Dunham coming second both times.

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Together the GB squad; Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham, Natasha Baker and Sophie Wells also brought home the Team Championship Golden Title, upholding another GB victory after their Gold triumph in the London 2012 Games.

Get Kids Going! provided Sophie with Equestrian equipment prior to her first Paralympic Games in Athens 2004. We have been watching Sophie and the GB Teams' magnificent success for many years, and we plan to support more young para-Equestrian athletes in the future- who one day, may be as successful as Sophie!


A Near Miss for Helen and Charlotte!

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Great Britain’s women’s wheelchair Basketball Team came fourth at the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, after losing 76-34 in the Bronze medal match to the Netherlands.

Get Kids Going! has supported the women’s Basketball Team by providing Sports wheelchairs to some of the team players when they were younger, e.g. Helen Freeman and Charlotte Moore.

The GB team won four out of seven tournaments during the Rio Games, and now aim to trump their Rio 2016 Performance at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

Sadly, Get Kids Going!’s GB’s Wheelchair Rugby Team loses funding after coming fifth place at Rio!

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Get Kids Going! who sponsor the Great British Wheelchair Rugby team, who came fifth in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games- after achieving a 32-52 victory in a tournament against Brazil, have sadly learned that the Team have now had their funding cut!

The GB team competed against the gold-winner Australian team just two days before, losing 53-51.

Their performance against Brazil mirrored their performance in London Paralympics 2012. The team improved enormously from the two previous Paralympics in Beijing and Athens, where they came fourth. 

This means that the Great British Wheelchair rugby team has been unsuccessful in securing funding for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020, which now means that the charity may have to shoulder even more responsibility for the team in the future!

Get Kids Going! has provided wheelchairs for the Great British Rugby Team over five years, and are encouraging all our suppliers to try and raise more than ever so we can support the boys even more in the future. So, please give a donation to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1001129&stop_mobi=yes 

Paralympic medallist, Mickey Bushell, comes sixth in Rio Paralympic 2016!

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Get Kids Going!’s athlete, Mickey Bushell, came sixth place after crossing the line at 15.09s in the Rio Paralympic 2016 in the men’s 100m T53 final.

Mickey, who previously won Gold in the Men’s 100m race in the 2012 Paralympic Games was disappointed with his performance in Rio.

Mickey said “I always come to medal, that was always the sort of dream if you like. It didn't happen today but I’ll work on it in the future. The 400m race is always my sort of bogey event, so I'm just going to enjoy myself and see what happens really”.

Achieving two Paralympic medals in the T53 100m race in previous years; Mickey was aiming for a podium spot. But, he said "It's a tough one. It's been a tough Games so far and I've been... it's just tough being out here but we make of it what it is. It's very different, every Games are different. That's it really. You've got to adapt to each country really."

“I would like to thank Get Kids Going! for the fantastic support they have given me from London which was so startling 15 years ago. I just could not do my sport without them!”.

Get Kids Going! supplied Mickey with a Racing wheelchair 15 years ago, and has continued to support him year on year. We congratulate him in his magnificent efforts and achievements, and wish him the best of luck in qualifying for the Tokyo Paralympic 2020!


Andy excels in Rio, achieving silver in singles final

Andrew Lapthorne won the silver medal in the men’s singles wheelchair tennis tournament against American world No.2 David Wagner at Rio Paralympics 2016.

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Get Kids Going! has been supported Andy since 2006, when he was given a Tennis wheelchair by the charity. Andy has put his heart and soul into wheelchair tennis and has achieved a podium spot in three Paralympic games.

Andy previously won silver in the quad doubles at the London Paralympics 2012, alongside Peter Norfolk. Following London 2012, Andy was determined to beat his previous score and bring home the gold. Sadly, he just missed out on the gold medal for the second time in the quad singles at Rio 2016.

In an emotional one hour 40 minute match, Andy finally lost 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Andy sees his silver medal win as a gold lost. “The goal was to get two gold medals” he said. “For anyone in our sport, if that’s not your end goal then maybe you shouldn’t be on the court”.

Get Kids Going! athletes Andy and Gordon Reid are now training hard for the men’s quad doubles in Wimbledon. Andy says “This is a huge moment for our division and pivotal to developing the Quad game globally – what better way to grow it than to play at what is the greatest tennis tournament in the world?".

“There is no way I could have achieved all my wins and play this wonderful game without the magnificent support of Get Kids Going!” he added.

We send all congratulations to the triple Paralympic medallist for his wonderful achievements, and hopes Andy can achieve his dream of achieving Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics! Come on Andy!

Get Kids Going!’s wheelchair tennis player, Jordanne Whiley, wins Bronze in Women’s doubles at Rio 2016

From first picking up a racket at the tender age of 3 years old, Get Kids Going!’s Jordanne Whiley has come a long way since then!

Get Kids Going! first donated a tennis chair to Jordanne in 2008, where she went on to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics on her 16th birthday.

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Since then, she has played at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where she played alongside Lucy Shuker in the semi-final against the Netherlands duo Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot. Unfortunately, the pair were beaten 6-3 6-3 in a staggering 1 hour 58 minute match.

Jordanne, who had earlier lost in the women’s singles quarter-finals, admitted a wrist injury was causing her problems during the game, saying:
“The medical team have been absolutely incredible and got me back on track to win this, so it’s kind of a little bit more special knowing that I came from nowhere, not being able to hold a racket, to now winning a bronze.”

Winning two bronze medals has certain significance for Jordanne and her parents too, as her Dad Keith was a bronze medallist in the 1984 New York Games. Little did she know when she posted one picture of herself, and one of her dad Keith 32 years apart of them boarding the plane, they would both bring home a Bronze medal!

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Get Kids Going!’s athlete, Jordanne, calls her dad her biggest career inspiration, but trumping his achievement remains her goal.

Jordanne also said “It's great my Dad and I both have bronze medals but I want something shinier”.

Get Kids Going! helped to kick off Jordanne’s tennis career many years ago so that she can continue her passion for wheelchair tennis. Jordanne has been an inspiration to all.

Get Kids Going! sends all congratulations to Jordanne for her amazing success, and we hope to see her in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

Gordon wins Gold!

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Gordon Reid, the Wheelchair Tennis athlete, who won the gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio 2016. Was first funded by Get Kids Going! In Rio Gordon was up against his GB team-mate Alfie Hewett in the final, winning 6-2 6-1 in an astounding 54 minutes!

Get Kids Going! supplied Gordon with a tennis wheelchair before the Beijing Paralympics back in 2008, when he was just 16 years of age. Hence, we are thrilled to see the 26-year-old tennis player go from good to great in such a short time!  

Gordon and Alfie also won the silver medal for the men’s doubles competition in Rio 2012, losing out to the French pair S
tephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. But recently recovered their title at the US Open 2017, where they won against the same French duo.

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Gordon said “
Me and Alfie know each other inside out. We train together, we play doubles together. It just felt like anything I tried tonight came off”.

The GB pair showed a real fight in both the singles and doubles at Rio, with Gordon pushing Alfie around the court in the singles, hitting the ball harder in each move.

Gordon said
“It’s hard because we’ve come through a lot together in the last two years; we’ve had a lot of highs together. It’s difficult to put all that to one side, especially after playing the final together. We work with the same coaches, having to fit our warm-ups around each other. Nobody had a clue what to do but you’re playing to win.”

Get Kids Going! congratulates Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett on their fantastic performances at Rio 2016 and the US Open 2017! Help us make more history again by sending a donation to our Virgin Money page below so we can provide more sports wheelchairs for these wonderful youngsters. The average cost of a tennis wheelchair is £3,000.