Scots on Paralympics GB

August 20, 2021

The delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games begins on Tuesday, with 33 Scots travelling as part of the Paralympics GB team.

The Scottish contingent will make up 14.5% of the GB team in Tokyo, a higher proportion than at either Rio 2016 or London 2012, with just over a quarter of athletes making their Paralympic Games debut.

Athletics boasts the highest Scottish representation with nine, including three past Team Scotland athletes: Libby Clegg – Glasgow 2014 gold medallist and Paralympic Champion over 100m and 200m at Rio 2016, Maria Lyle – silver medallist at Gold Coast 2018 and double bronze medallist from Rio, and Samantha Kinghorn, twice a Commonwealth Games athlete and a double World Champion from 2017, who will be targeting her first Paralympic medals.

Also among the nine are defending Paralympic champion in the F51 Club Throw, Jo Butterfield, and long jumper Stef Reid, a silver medallist five years ago.

Cycling sees Neil Fachie and Aileen McGlynn selected as part of a five-strong Scottish contingent, both competing at their fourth Paralympic Games. Neil has a gold and two silver from previous Paralympic Games and is also Team Scotland’s most successful para-sport athlete of all-time with four Commonwealth Games gold medals. Aileen took two silver medals for Scotland at Glasgow 2014 and has an outstanding Paralympic Games record with three gold, two silver and a bronze.

In swimming, six Scots will take to the pool including Toni Shaw, Team Scotland’s youngest athlete at Gold Coast 2018 at just 14 years old. Three years on she will be in the hunt for podium places after winning six medals at her debut World Para Swimming Championships in 2019.

Scott Quin and Andrew Mullen return to the team having won medals at Rio 2016, while Stephen Clegg, brother of sprinter Libby, has followed his first global medal, a silver at the 2019 World Championships, with a World Record in the S12 100m Butterfly this year.

Powerlifter Micky Yule competes at his second Paralympic Games after a sixth place finish in Rio and two fourth place finishes for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

Robyn Love and Jude Hamer are included in the Wheelchair Basketball team, ahead of the sport making its Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham next year.

Defending champion in both Wheelchair Singles and Doubles, Gordon Reid takes to the tennis court at his fourth Games, while Rio 2016 silver medallist Alison Peasgood will also be aiming to be back in the medals in the PTVI Triathlon.

Former Boccia world champion Stephen McGuire goes in his third Games, having just missed out on the medal matches in Rio and London, with brothers Jamie and Scott McCowan, assisted by mum Linda and dad Gary, competing in their second.

Archer Nathan Macqueen will look to be on target at his second Games, as will shooter Lesley Stewart as she makes her Paralympic debut.

The full Scots contingent can be found below.


Nathan Macqueen


Jo Butterfield, Libby Clegg, Samantha Kinghorn, Maria Lyle, Owen Miller, Derek Rae, Stef Reid, Ben Rowlings, Melanie Woods

Wheelchair Basketball

Robyn Love, Jude Hamer


Stephen McGuire, Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Gary McCowan (assistant), Linda McCowan (assistant)


Finlay Graham, Neil Fachie, Aileen McGlynn, Jenny Holl (pilot), Lewis Stewart (pilot)


Micky Yule


Lesley Stewart


Stephen Clegg, Lewis Lawlor, Conner Morrison, Andrew Mullen, Scott Quin, Toni Shaw

Wheelchair Tennis

Gordon Reid


Alison Peasgood, Hazel MacLeod (guide)

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