Following the enormous success of Team GB a few weeks ago, where we saw our medal map becoming a sea of gold, silver and bronze markers, it’s now time to support our Paralympians.
We’re continuing to track where our medal-winning athletes come from, to find out whether there are hotspots around the country that produce medal-winning people.
As with our Team GB ‘medal map‘, we’ve created the new map using OS OpenSpace. The idea is that whenever a member of the ParalympicsGB team wins a medal, we will add a marker (in gold, silver or bronze) in their place of birth as identified on the ParalympicsGB website. For team events, we will be highlighting each member of the team. We’ll update the medal map each weekday morning to reflect medals won the previous day.
As the national mapping agency for Great Britain, our data covers England, Scotland and Wales, while the ParalympicsGB team includes athletes from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and crown dependencies. However, as with our Team GB medal map, we’re ensuring every athlete can celebrate their success on the medal map. Any ParalympicsGB team member born outside Great Britain, whether that is Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or further afield, will instead have their medal placed on the map at their current home town. Where this is also outside Great Britain, we place the marker at the spot they won their medal.
So, take a look at our medal map and see if there any medal winners clustered in your area – perhaps it will inspire you to take up a new sport! As well as browsing around the country you can use the search to look up sports or medal types to find athletes.