Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: Day One Preview

Day One - It's finally here!

We hope you enjoyed the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games last night in Tokyo.

We can't wait for action to kick off today, let's take a look at which Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holders are competing, and some key events to follow. 


Women's Singles Class 9 (Lina Lei) 
Men's Singles Class 9 (Ma Lin) 
Women's Singles Class 10 (Milly Tapper
Women's Singles Class 10 (Qian Yang
Women's Singles Class 9 (Lina Lei) 

Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit Qualifying (Emily Petricola) 
Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit Final (Emily Petricola)** 

Australia V Denmark (Shae Graham, Andrew Harrison, Jayden Warn, Josh Hose, Jason Lees, Ben Fawcett)

Australia V Japan (Bree Mellberg, Isabel Martin)





Emily Petricola

Emily Petricola will take the track at a Paralympic Games for the first time today in the women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit. 

In 2007 when she was 27 years of age, Petricola found herself continuously tripping over her own feet, months later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Now, after a friend suggested she take up para-cycling the 41-year-old is set to have a crack at Paralympic glory. 

Listen to her story HERE

Wheelchair Rugby - Australian Steelers

Australia’s wheelchair rugby team, the Aussie Steelers, will be vying to win their third consecutive Paralympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, having won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016. The 12-player squad will comprise of six VIS scholarship holders, including three (Andrew Harrison, Jason Lees & Josh Hose) who were part of the 2012 and 2016 gold medal winning teams, and two (Ben Fawcett & Jayden Warn) who were part of the 2016 team. The final scholarship holder that will make her Paralympic debut and create history along the way is Shae Graham, set to become the first female athlete to represent the Steelers at a Paralympic Games.  

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