The Paralympics

I thoroughly applaud the brilliant efforts of the athletes taking part in the Paralympics. To be selected to represent their country at a Paralympic level, given that they endure significant impairments on a daily basis anyway, is a tremendous achievement.

As I sat and watched the opening ceremony for the Paralympics on Wednesday evening, I was delighted to see so many with disabilities involved in the artistic display preceding the parade of athletes from each country. As with the Olympics two weeks previously, everyone had a smile on their face and looked to be enjoying themselves.

GB scooped her first medals of the games in cycling with Mark Colbourne winning a silver medal in a time trial and Sarah Storey clinching a gold in the individual pursuit. I imagine these two medals won will be the first in a raft of medals brought home by Team GB over the coming days.

Importantly in the case of the Paralympics, we should not be focusing on the disabilities of the athletes involved but look to their significant abilities instead and these are plain for all to see. Such people are role models and others should seek to emulate their unwavering stamina and courage. I am in no doubt that these Paralympic games will not only be the best organised but the best attended too.

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