This week saw the London 2012 Paralympic Games close in spectacular fashion. Team GB watched on, as Boris Johnson handed over the Paralympic flag to Rio, and celebrated as Coldplay, Rhianna and JAY-Z took to the stage tio sing the games out on Sunday evening. Then crowds turned out in their thousands to cheer on the Olympics and Paralympic parade.
As we all come to terms, with the gap that has now been left in our sporting viewing, one thing is clear. Paralympic Team GB has certainly shown us all what they are all made of. Finishing the Games in third place, after China and Russia, with a total of 120 medals, including 34 gold. This fantastic medal haul, not only surpassed the total set by UK Sport, but also puts us in good stead for Rio in four years time, with 54 of Team GB being 22 or under. Team GB's gold winning youngsters include: Josef Craig, 15, winner of the 400m freestyle S7, Jonnie Peacock, 19, winner of the 100m T44 and Hannah Cockroft, 20, winner of the 100m and 200m T34.
Former SIA Peer Adviser, Steve Brown, headed up Team GB's Wheelchair Rugby team. Although the team failed to win a medal, finishing 5th overall, Steve has said he is proud to have introduced the sport to so many people. Steve's team mate, and former SIA Peer Advice volunteer, Kylie Grimes thinks the games will have a lasting legacy, find out more here.
The sporting excitement is not yet over, with the Olympians and Paralympians current boarding buses ready for the parade taking place in London today.
If all this sporting action has got you thinking about sport yourself, why not visit our new sports section to find all the information you need to keep you up to date with developments, as well as details of how you can get more more involved in sports yourself!
Details of all the Paralympic sports are listed, along with personal stories of how SCI athletes, like Steve Brown, Claire Harvey and Claire Strange.
And you won't need to worry about missing any of the events, as during the Games we will keep you up to date with how Team GB are getting on, including spectator blogs from members and staff who were luckily enough to secure tickets, At the close we will also summarise all the medal winners so you can look back to see how your favourite teams and athletes got on.
This section is all for you, and we would love to have your input too! If you have any feedback, or have also successful in securing tickets for any events, please share your story with us. Email them to: H.firstname.lastname@example.org
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