Paralympic Games honour for Ayrshire athlete

Robyn Love, from Ayr, will take part in her third Paralympic Games
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An Ayrshire Para athlete has today spoken of her pride at landing a spot on the GB wheelchair basketball team for next month’s Paralympic Games.

Robyn Love, from Ayr, will take part in her third Paralympic Games, as the GB squad seek medals and podium positions in Paris.

The women’s squad are preparing to head to the Games with their sights on making history by obtaining their first ever Paralympic medal.

And Robyn, aged 33, who plays for Loughborough Lightning, can’t wait to get started.

She said: “I am immensely proud to be representing Paralympics GB at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games– I really do think any opportunity to put on that GB vest is just one that I am truly grateful for.

“London 2012 was the first time I ever saw disability sport and here I am entering my third Paralympic Games! It’s a dream come true, and to get to do it at a Games so close to home and in a European time zone with my daughter, my family and my friends supporting me is just going to be incredible.”

Making their debut for Paralympics GB’s women’s team are 2023 European silver medallists Jade Atkin and Maddie Martin, and newcomer Jodie Waite. Leading from the front are 2018 World Championship silver medallists who include Robyn, Sophie Carrigill, Charlotte Moore, Laurie Williams, Joy Haizelden, Amy Conroy and Helen Freeman. Freeman’s selection makes this her fifth Games, having debuted at Beijing 2008. Rio 2016 Paralympian Katie Morrow and Tokyo 2020 debutant Lucy Robinson, complete the line-up.

Robyn added: “In terms of preparation, we are fine-tuning, focusing on us. We know the schedule, we know the groups, so just fine-tuning the details – and I am getting used to a new chair at the same time! Getting the details dialled in throughout our preparations.. no doubt in my mind, we are ready for it.”

Robyn is now the second Ayrshire athlete to be named in the GB squad for the Paralympic Games, joining Maybole’s Kayleigh Haggo, who will contest the team and individual boccia events.

Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission at ParalympicsGB for Paris 2024, said: “Both squads boast an impressive blend of seasoned Paralympic Games veterans and exciting debutants. Many of the men’s and women’s players have already made a significant impact on the World and European stages in recent years. Now, both squads are looking to make their own history in Paris.

“The skill, speed, and excitement of this sport are set to captivate audiences across the globe, and we can’t wait to see them in action this summer.”

Wheelchair basketball will take place on all 11 days of competition in the Bercy Arena.

A total of around 220 athletes from 19 sports are expected to make up the British team that will compete in Paris, with further names to be announced by ParalympicsGB in the coming weeks.

At Tokyo 2020 ParalympicsGB won medals across a record breaking 18 different sports - the highest number of any nation ever. ParalympicsGB finished second on the medal table with 124 medals overall, including 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze.

Diccon Edwards, Performance Director at British Wheelchair Basketball and Team Leader for Wheelchair basketball at Paris 2024, said: “I am excited we have such talented squads to represent ParalympicsGB in Paris. It was incredibly hard to make the selections given the quality and depth across both squads and now the selected players have the opportunity to achieve something special for the whole group and inspire the next generation of wheelchair basketball players.

“We are fortunate to have a core of senior players across both squads who have experience of the Paralympic Games and are supporting new players in preparing for what will be a very special event. We have learnt a lot over the last 12 months from the Worlds and Europeans in 2023, and are fully focused on applying what we have learnt to deliver our best performances yet in Paris.”

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