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To represent Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
Name: Kare Adenegan
Sport: T34 Wheelchair Racer representing Coventry and Great Britain in 100m-1500m.
Dates : October 2013 - Present
Kare was inspired to get involved in wheelchair racing after watching athletes with similar disabilities race in the 2012 Paralympics Games. Very soon after the Games she had a trial session on an upright racing chair. It was at this point that her natural talent for the sport shone through as she completed her first attempt at the 100m in a very impressive 27 seconds the 16th fastest time in the world (currently 18.82 and ranked 3rd in the world) . After a tough winter's training, in her first attempt at a three mile race in 2013, she was placed 2nd in the Mini London Marathon (Kare has won the mini marathon in 2014-2016). She became the British Athletics U15 track champion in 100, 200, 400 and 1500m, as well as making some world class times in 100m. As a result of these performances, she was invited by the British Paralympic Association to attend a camp for young athletes. This was soon followed by a call up from the GB wheelchair lead coach to join the Futures Programme for wheelchair athletes with the potential to win medals for Team GB at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Kare was soon asked to join the GB Athletics team.
Aged 13, she represented team GB at the Junior World Championship and won two silvers in the 400 & 800 metres and a bronze in the 100 metres.
Followed by a selection to represent GB Wheelchair Elite Team in 100metres at the IAAF Diamond League in Glasgow where she won a bronze medal.
Age 14, Kare was the youngest member of the GB Elite Wheelchair Racing Team and also a recipient of the World Class Performance Programme.
In 2015 Bablake School had the privilege of watching Kare win the U14 800m race against abled competitors at the school sports day. Taking part in the sports day fulfilled a dream Kare had had ever since being inspired by the 2012 Paralympic Games. At the time Kare shared her excitement on her Facebook page, 'I will be racing at my school sports day. It is something that I have always wanted to do since I started wheelchair racing in 2012. To me, being in those races is like showing everyone that sport is truly for ALL. If I can at least inspire one person that will be enough!'
Awards gained to date:
WPA European Champion T34 100m+ Championship Record
WPA European Siver Medalist T34 800m
Müller Anniversary Games T34 100m Winner + World Record
U17 Girls London Mini Marathon Winner + Course Record Time.
London 2017 Para Athletics World Championships- 100m Silver, 400m Bronze, 800m Bronze.
IPC Swiss Grand Prix (Silver medallist 100 and 800 metres) and fourth 400m;
Winner of U17 Girls London Mini Marathon- Road Champion;
Named BBC Sports One to Watch for 2016.
2016 Muller Anniversary Games- 100m Silver
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
2015 World ranking - 2nd (400m); 2nd (800m) and 4th (100m);
IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha - Bronze medals in 400 and 800 metres;
London Anniversary Games (Silver medallist);
IPC Italian Grand Prix Champion - Gold in 100, 200, 400 and 800m;
Young Sportswoman of the Year at the 11th annual Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Sports Awards 2015;
Coventry Sports Awards Finalist 2015.
Leicester and Ruster County Champion 2015 (100-1500 metres).
IWAS Youth World Championship 2013 - Silver medals (100m and 800m) and Bronze (400m);
Glasgow Diamond League 2014 (100 metres) - Bronze medallist;
Winner of U15 Girls London Mini Marathon (2014 and 2015);
U20 Women’s National Champion for 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m at the Bedford Age Championships (2013, 2014 )
Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards Finalist 2014;