Social media bits: One year to go to the Paralympic Games

Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands and Sophie Kamlish of Great Britain compete in the Women's 100m - T44 Final during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Marlou van Rhijn of the Netherlands and Sophie Kamlish of Great Britain compete in the Women's 100m - T44 Final during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Yesterday (24 August) marked one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Here's a round up of the athletes and International Federations sharing their excitement of the milestone 

Countdown restarts ⏲️

This week would've seen the Para swimmers take to Tokyo Aquatic Centre for the start of their events but as Chantalle Zijderveld of the Netherlands said "the countdown restarts".

Eyeing off gold 🥇

Fellow Dutch athlete and world record holder in the T43 100m and 200m Marlou van Rhijn focus is solely on Tokyo 2020.

Goal remains the same 🛶

Rio 2016 gold medallist Curtis McGrath is looking forward to showing what the extra years has meant for his preparations.

Can't mask a smile 😀

It wasn't the year that was planned but as the countdown begins again, British Para swimmers can't hide their excitement.

We can do this 🙌

Six-time Paralympian Noel Thatcher knows what the Paralympics means to athletes, after all he's won five gold medals.

"Some moments are worth waiting for," he wrote in a separate post on social media.

Pony power 🐎

Looking ahead to the start of the Games next August, the FEI shared in the excitement of the countdown.

Wait for the Greats 💥

No obstacle too high to overcome for Italian Para Rowing national team captain Matteo Cattini.

Time for a thread 🎾

From inspirational quotes to the history of wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games, the ITF are looking forward to a new chapter of the sport beginning at Tokyo 2020.

Debut on hold 🏸

Para badminton is one of two new sports which will make its debut at the Paralympic Games next summer.

We can't wait to see the athletes take to the Paralympic stage!

Continuing fighting and preparing 🏊‍♀️

Teresa Perales is Spain's most decorated Paralympian. The swimmer would've been competing at her sixth Games if things had gone to plan.

"Today the Paralympic Games in Tokyo should begin, but we will have to wait another year. Something that makes us stronger and that helps us to continue fighting to give our best," she wrote.

Speaking to Tokyo 2020 earlier this year, Perales is looking to equal Michael Phelps medal record at the upcoming Paralympics.

Wanting one more 💪

Miguel Matinez is another Spanish swimmer wanting to head to another Paralympic Games. The 36-year-old, who has been to three previous Games wrote: "One year for the Tokyo 2020 Games. 365 days to persist and train with determination in this sea of uncertainty."

Cool graphics 💖

Team USA goes sleek in this One Year to go advert.

From Oly to Para 🏑

Here is India's hockey team captain Rani Rampal giving her full support to Para athletes.

Full support 📣

And another Olympian from India and boxing sensation Mary Kom promises to cheer for Para athletes next year.

Japan fever 🗾

Team Austria knows how to 'turn Japanese' in this One year to go milestone video.