Team GB Paralympians strip off for a racy photo shoot to encourage body positivity

Four Paralympic athletes have stripped off for a series of striking photos to promote a body positive message ahead of the Rio Games.

Tennis star Jordanne Whiley, swimmer Lewis Edwards, sprinter Bethy Woodward and power lifter Ali Jawad took part in the shoot for Sport magazine, who will feature one athlete each week of the games. 

Tennis ace Jordanne, 27, from Dudley, West Midlands told the magazine: ‘I wanted to show people you don’t have to be a model to do beautiful shoots. 

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Tennis star Jordanne Whiley is one of four athletes to strip off for a series of striking photos to promote a body positive message ahead of the Rio Games 

Tennis star Jordanne Whiley is one of four athletes to strip off for a series of striking photos to promote a body positive message ahead of the Rio Games 

‘I’m nowhere near perfection but I’m comfortable in my skin.

‘I’m healthy and I think that’s what women should strive for.”

The sports star is the most successful British tennis player ever and won all four grand slams in 2014. 

She suffers from brittle bone disease, officially known as osteogensis imperfecta

Sprinter Bethy Woodward who has cerebral palsy went naked for her photo which shows off her amazingly sculpted figure

Sprinter Bethy Woodward who has cerebral palsy went naked for her photo which shows off her amazingly sculpted figure

Ali Jawad, 27,  is a power lifter and is aiming for a medal by bench pressing more than three and a half times his weight 

Ali Jawad, 27,  is a power lifter and is aiming for a medal by bench pressing more than three and a half times his weight 

Jordanne has broken her bones more times than she can remember. Her parents lost count after number 26.

Sprinter Bethy Woodward, 23, from Hampshire went naked for her photo which shows off her amazingly sculpted figure. 

The racer who has cerebral palsy, claimed silver in the T37 200 at the London 2012 Games.

Former soldier Lewis Edwards, 28, from Wales is a triathlete who has also won four golds at the Invictus Games 

Former soldier Lewis Edwards, 28, from Wales is a triathlete who has also won four golds at the Invictus Games 

Power lifter Ali Jawad, 27, features in this week’s issue of Sport. 

Born without legs, he took up power lifting at the age of 16 and is aiming for a medal at Rio by bench pressing three and a half times his bodyweight of 58kg. 

Originally born in Lebanon he moved with his parents to London at the age of six months.   

In 2009 he was advised to retire after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, but he was determined to prove the doctor wrong. 

In 2010 he had life-saving emergency surgery to remove part of his small intestine and went on to complete at the 2012 Paralympic Games. 

Former soldier Lewis Edwards from Aberbargoed, Wales lost his part of his right arm in a car accident days before his first tour of Iraq.

He credits sport with getting him moving again after the injury and has taken part in the Invictus Games, organised by Prince Harry, winning four gold medals in 2014. 

 

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