We are delighted to announce that Paralympic athlete Kare Adenegan has been appointed as a BP Ambassador through to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Olympic athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill and Paralympian Stef Reid were previous BP Ambassadors.
Kare is a remarkable young woman. Inspired to enter sports after watching athletes with similar disabilities to her own race in the London 2012 Paralympic Games, now at seventeen years she is already a T34 Elite Paralympic GB Wheelchair Racer with three Paralympic medals to her name
Although Kare was born with a neurological disease which affects her legs, she is not limited by this preferring to live by the belief that anything is achievable if you set your mind to it. And she's certainly done that.
Kare started wheelchair competitions in 2013 at the age of 12, quickly becoming the British Athletics U15 track champion in 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m – a title which she retained in all subsequent years.
Her successes in 2013, led to an invitation by the British Paralympic Association to attend a camp for young athletes. This was soon followed by a call 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 Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
At 14, Kare was the youngest member of the GB Elite Wheelchair Racing Team and also a recipient of the World Class Performance Programme. She is the only T34 wheelchair athlete to have defeated Hannah Cockcroft in 7 years and over 350 competitive races.
Kare competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics some four years ahead of the British Paralympic Association's projected plan, winning three medals and also setting personal bests.
At the recent World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, Kare secured three medals and eclipsed all her personal bests from the previous world championships in Doha, Qatar.
Kare's successes have led to many further awards off the track too. As well as being a role model for young athletes, she also acts as an advocate at schools for inclusive sports for all regardless of disability, ethnicity or body shape.
Summary of Kare's achievements:
- 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, medals in 100m, 400m and 800m (T34)
- 2014-2017 London Mini Marathon winner of four Junior Road Champion medals
- 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, medals in 100m, 400m and 800m (T34)
- 2016 Anniversary Games silver medal
- 2015 IPC World Championship, bronze medals in 400m and 800m
- 2015 Anniversary Games silver medal
- 2014 Junior World Championships silver medal in 800m, bronzes in 100m and 400m
- 2013 IAAF Diamond League, bronze medallist