The GB Paralympic team aren’t the only ones with cause to celebrate at the moment.
Pioneering Cornish company DM Orthotics, which specialises in reinforced sports and everyday clothing to help with movement control and postural realignment, saw eight para athletes it works closely with head to Rio, with five of them returning with a gold medal around their neck.
Among them was double gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who is the first GB Paralympian to win in two different sports – sprinting and cycling – in nearly 30 years.
The full arm-length DM Orthotics glove, which helps contain spasms in her right arm, is fast becoming something of a trademark for the 25-year-old, and is is part of an essential range of kit in her armoury, including a DMO vest, shorts and socks.
“The reinforced glove and vest allow me to keep running towards the tail end of my race, which has had a great impact on my timings,” explained Cox, who has Multiple Sclerosis.
“In cycling they mean I can lock onto the handlebars more easily and have more control when I cross the finish line. I wear the socks to help keep my feet straight and the shorts to prevent my hips rotating inwards.”
Other DMO champions include canoeist Anne Dickins, who regularly wears DMO shorts in training, boccia star David Smith, whose DMO scoliosis suit is an essential part of his gym wear, and archer Jessica Stretton, who is never without her DMO glove in both competition and practice.
“The results are phenomenal and we’re extremely proud to play a part in helping such a talented group of athletes reach their full potential,” said DM Orthotics MD, Martin Matthews.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with these remarkable athletes to push boundaries and surpass new limits.”