YEP Says: Why we should be so proud of all the Paralympians

The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at the Maracana, Brazil.
The Olympic Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at the Maracana, Brazil.
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we have only just recovered from the joy of the Olympics, when Leeds and Yorkshire in general had a fantastic run of success and won more medals than we could ever have hoped for.

Now it’s the turn of the Paralympians to show us what they can do.

If we found the Olympics uplifting, then the Paralympics promises to be an even better event.

Paralympic athletes flying the flag for Leeds include wheelchair sprinter Kadeena Cox and para-cyclist David Stone as the Games get under way in Rio today.

In fact Yorkshire boasts more than 30 athletes in Team GB’s Paralympic squad, who are hoping to emulate the stunning success of the nation’s golden Olympic games.

Powerlifters, basketball players, sprinters, rugby players and others are in Rio for the games and they have all gone there with all our best wishes.

For them, it is a dream come true to perform on the biggest of stages and in front of huge television audiences.

Rio de Janeiro faces a massive task to put on a Paralympics to match the stunning event in London four years ago. In true sporting spirit, we know they will agree that in this case it really is the taking part that counts.

But like all Britons we will still be so proud when they start racking up the medals.

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