The Paralympic Games in Rio were very successful for the GB squad and also for Treloar’s alumnus David Smith and Treloar’s patron Sascha Kindred who both won gold in their respective events.
Rio was Sascha Kindred’s sixth Paralympics, having first competed in Atlanta in 1996. His swimming gold came in the SM6 200medley race with a time of 2:38.47. For Kindred, who won silver in London2012, Rio will be his last Olympics.
Three alumni also took part in Rio. Abbie Hunnisett competed in the club throwing in the F31/32 category and finished in fourth place, just behind GB teammate Gemma Prescott. Patrick Wilson, a member of the boccia team, first appeared in the BC3 mixed pairs but was knocked out in the pool stages. He made it to the quarter finals before being eliminated in a close game in the BC1 individual category.For David Smith, Rio was his third Paralympics. He competed in the BC1-2 team event with competition partner Sarah Nolan; having won 11-2 against the Netherlands, Smith’s team lost to Thailand in the quarter finals. He went on to compete in the individual BC1 and, after beating the world number 1 in the quarter finals, went on to win gold in the final. He now has four medals from three Paralympic games.