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Introducing Team Toyota GB

Born

May 24, 1999

Hometown

Cheshunt, United Kingdom

Sport

Cycling

Olympic Games

2016 (2 x Gold), 2012 (2 x Gold)

Achieving Impossible

Laura Kenny is Great Britain’s most successful female athlete of all time with four golds at the Olympics in London and Rio.

Laura won her first gold medals in London in the team pursuit and multi-discipline omnium event. She then followed this up by successfully defending both titles in 2016 at Rio.

The double Olympic champion was born a month prematurely in Harlow, Essex, with a collapsed lung and later diagnosed with asthma. Advised to try sport to help with her breathing, Kenny first participated in trampolining before being forced to stop due to an undiagnosed condition that caused her to sporadically pass out.

Growing up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, Laura and older sister Emma took up cycling when their mother Glenda decided to lose weight.

Laura rose to prominence with an omnium gold medal at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in 2010 which led to her selection to the UEC European Track Championships and her first elite gold medal in the team pursuit, aged only 18.
An amazing 2011 season saw Laura win seven World, World Cup and European titles at junior and elite levels including team pursuit gold at her debut UCI Track Cycling World Championships and at the UEC European Track Championships, where Kenny also took the omnium title.

At London 2012, Laura, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Dani King broke the world record each time they rode on their way to the team pursuit gold and two days later, Kenny won the omnium by the closest possible margin of one point with a storming time trial to get the gold.

After another successful three years competing, 2016 saw Laura win the omnium and scratch race at the UCI Track World Championships before the main focus of the year – the Rio Olympics where GB won the women’s team pursuit and Kenny defended her omnium title.

After an extended post-Rio break where Laura gave birth to her first child, she returned to cycling, winning the National Track Championship omnium title in 2018.

Kenny has become Toyota’s lead ambassador for the successful participation campaign ‘I Am Team GB’, using the power of the Olympics to inspire people to get active in their local communities.
Born

May 28, 1993

Hometown

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sport

Para athletics T44 100m

Olympic Games

2016 (Gold), 2012 (Gold)

Achieving Impossible

Jonnie Peacock is the Double Paralympic, World & European T44 100m Champion winning his first Paralympic title at the London 2012 Games. He then successfully defended his title at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

In Rio in 2016, Jonnie re-set the record books, running a time of 10.81 seconds in the T44 100m final, setting a Paralympic record in the process.

Jonnie was only five years old when he contracted Meningitis, which killed the tissue in his right leg. This resulted in an amputation just below the knee. Whilst having his prosthetic leg fitted in hospital, Jonnie was encouraged to take part in a Paralympic sports talent day.

After years of training and learning his trade at regional events, it was in May 2012 that Jonnie competed in his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. A month later, he broke the World Record and in September 2012 he won Gold in London.
In 2013, Jonnie was awarded with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to athletics.

After battling through injury in 2015, Jonnie returned to success in 2016. Starting with the T44 100m win at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grossetto, Jonnie then recorded a lifetime best (10.68) and a British Record at the Loughborough EAP meeting before becoming double Paralympic Champion in September 2016.

Jonnie continued his unbelievable success into 2017 by winning Gold in the World-Para Athletics Championships and topped the year by becoming the first disabled person to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Jonnie has become our lead ambassador for ‘Parasport Powered by Toyota’. The Parasport platform is a central part of our commitment to create a more inclusive society and a demonstration of our ambition to make movement better for everyone.

TOYOTA'S COMMITMENT

Toyota is the Worldwide Official Mobility Partner of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee because we seek to push people farther—past their finish line, past their impossible.

Working with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees to help athletes reach their dreams is just one part of our wholehearted commitment to unleashing human potential through the power of movement.

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