Rio, you weren’t without you controversies, but what great love story ever is? It was a summer filled with highs and lows, with nail biting sprints and devastating losses. But it’s all over now, the Paralympians are packing their bags and heading home.

It was only meant to be a summer fling, but there are many awesome athletes that have stolen our hearts forever. Here are our new Paralympic sheroes.

Libby Clegg and Chris Clarke

Libby has Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, a deteriorating eye condition which has left her with only slight peripheral vision in her left eye. Her eyesight deteriorated further this year, but she didn’t let that stop her, now she is required to wear a blindfold while racing and has a guide runner, Chris Clarke. The pair have only been running together for a year, but they won gold in the T11 100m and 200m sprints at Rio this year.

 (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for Tokyo 2020)
Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images for Tokyo 2020

Coral Batey

As the only woman in Team GB’s wheelchair rugby squad, 21-year-old Coral Batey is badass. Rio was her first Paralympics, but she’s been representing GB in various competitions for the past two years. Unfortunately, Team GB’s wheelchair rugby squad were knocked out in the first round, but Batey’s presence on the team has been inspiring all the same.

Having installed a big screen in her old high school so that students could watch her compete, Coral’s former PE teacher commented, “It is very much a male dominated sport but she comes out and gives it just as good as the men. We’re all very proud of her.”

(Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images

Kadeena Cox

Kadeen first got involved in para-athletics in 2015, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She won gold at the T37 100m World Championships before switching to cycling and winning the 500m time trial in the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, making her a world champion in two different sports. Oh wait, and in the Rio Olympics, she casually won a bronze for sprinting and a gold for cycling. As you do.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 14: Gold medalist Kadeena Cox of Great Britain celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's 400m - T38 on day 7 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images

The two Ellies

Ellie Robinson is following in the footsteps of legendary teammate, Ellie Simmonds. Simmonds is only 21, but this is her third Olympics, and acts as something of a mentor to Robinson who is 15 and just beginning her Olympic career. Both Ellies have achondroplasia, which is a common form of dwarfism – and both are paralympic swimming world record holders, which is less common.

Ellie Robinson currently holds the British record in the S6 50m butterfly and the world record in the 100m, both set when she was 13. Because, you know, why not? Robinson won gold at the Rio Paralympics in the S6 50m butterfly, while Simmonds won her fifth gold medal and set the world record for the 200m medley. Best PR for the name ‘Ellie’ ever.

(Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images and Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
Photos by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images and Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images

Abby Kane

Abby Kane started swimming when she was seven years old. Her family had gone on a holiday to Australia and Abby was frustrated when she couldn’t participate, so inspired by her brother, Fraser, she took up swimming. Like Libby Clegg, Abby has Stargardt’s, a deteriorating eye condition. At the 2016 British Para-Swimming International Meet, she lowered the British record in the 100m backstroke S13. Twice. Oh, and she was 12 at the time. Now, aged 13, she came 6th in the 400m freestyle. No big deal.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Oh wait – HUGE DEAL. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation, Paralympic Sheroes! We’re counting down the days until we see you in 2020.

The Paralympics have started, Drake and Rhianna have matching tats, Zoella has launched a new homewares line and schools across the country have reopened their doors/claws… so it’s been a busy week all round.

Here’s what we’ve been doing, loving and obsessing over this week.

Has Hiddleswift gone down in flames? 

Huge news: Hiddleswift might have come to a swift end. After their three month round the world romance that took them to more places than most people go on their entire gap year, a source told Us magazine that she was the one to put the brakes on their publicity stu– sorry, we mean ‘relationship.’

The source explained that “Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up.”

Tom, don’t say she didn’t, say she didn’t warn ya.

The most offensive inoffensive shoes

Over 70 students from a school in Kent have been sent home this week for “inappropriate” uniform. The principal of Hartsdown Academy said that some students had arrived in tracksuits and “skin-tight” clothes – the horror!! One student was sent home two days in a row, once for not having her blazer and the second time for having the wrong shoes.

Mr Tate argued that following the uniform rules leads to better behaviour and grades. Because everyone knows that wearing the wrong black brogues is a stepping stone to a life of violent crime.

Ps. these are the shoes in question. We know, we know.

shoe

Baby, I love your style

Drake’s been making headlines all over this place this week. Firstly, he and Rihanna made their maybe-not-sure-it’s-possible relationship official (and permanent) with matching dolphin tattoos, then his song One Dance was named the Song of the Summer by Spotify.

Instagram account @drakeonacake totally called it.

Drake on a cake

Why didn’t we think of this?

Genius 16-year-old Beau Jessup has made £48,000 from a website she created to give Chinese babies English names.

Beau came up with the idea after her family took a trip to China and she was asked to name a family friend’s newborn baby (it’s common for Chinese babies to have an English name as well as a Chinese one). In China, parents pick their child’s name based on the characteristics they hope their baby will possess, so Beau took that idea and translated it into English. The service costs 60p a pop, she’s named over 200,000 babies so far, and given us all new career goals too. 

special name

Catching Zs with Zoella

Zoella has is launching her brand new homeware range, and betty was invited along! There’s rose gold and copper aplenty, there’s pom-poms and pastels galore. Want a ‘Z’ shaped light? She’s got twenty. OR MAYBE MOOOOOORRRRRREEEEEE.

Zoella's Apartment

Has someone turned up the heat?

You may have noticed that it’s been freakishly hot outside. Which, no big deal, but we totally predicted.

The tardy heatwave has had some of us lusting after summer holidays and others lusting after weather that will let us play with our winter wardrobes again. But don’t worry, we’re got you covered either way with our six autumn buys you can start wearing now – watch this space tomorrow. 

Image of gold heal, rust sateen V neck cami, Asos oversized scarf with print and sleeveless dress

Inspiration and perspiration

The end of the Olympics left a big, five ringed hole in our hearts (and our TV schedules).

Luckily, the Paralympics kicked off this week, so we can go back to obsessing over medal tallies and swimming times. More than 4,300 athletes from 159 nations, and two incredible refugees, have made their way to Rio to change people’s perceptions of what is possible. We’ll be cheering them on all the way.

Paralympics opening ceremony