In 2019, bp supported the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai at which Team GB won 29 medals, including 13 golds, and came third in the overall tables. Richard Whitehead won silver in the T61 200m race, while Kare Adenegan won silver in the T34 100m race.
In 2018, bp partnered with British Athletics for the IAAF Diamond League meeting which came to London as part of the Müller Anniversary Games and which included a number of para races. Indeed, BP Ambassador Kare Adenegan set a world record in the T34 100m race beating long-time rival Hannah Cockroft.
Meanwhile, in 2017 we partnered with the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London where bp used its support of the Championships to ignite the EnergyWithin with a group of aspiring athletes and media students.
“bp is inspired by the inner strength and determination that exists within para athletes. That’s what we mean by the energy within,” says Duncan Blake, bp’s global brand director.
“We think this energy can be ignited in us all and lead us to achieve excellence in our chosen pursuits. That’s why we gave a group of young people the chance to be mentored by those at the very top of their field – such as six-time Paralympic champion David Weir and award-winning Paralympic correspondent Gareth A Davies. Once the energy within is ignited in these young people, we hope that they’ll feel a desire to ignite it in others.”
The training involved six aspiring T54 athletes working with both David and his coach Jenny Archer, with the day featuring a technical track session as well as classroom-based workshops on strength, conditioning and preparation.
Meanwhile, the student journalist, photographer and filmmaker Davies captured the action through the day – in the form of interviews, photographs and video. These featured in The Telegraph throughout its coverage of the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.