I’d like to add my support for our home nation athletes in Glasgow this July, along with one million other people from around the world. I certainly feel warmly welcomed to this fantastic spectacle – known as the ‘friendly games’ – only my third visit as Minister of State for Disabled People.
Recognised by the International Paralympic Committee as the best ever Commonwealth Games for para-sports, there are 22 medal events for disabled competitors. I’m proud to cheer on the home nations at the finals in athletics and some swimming heats and wish all the best to those competing in the powerlifting, lawn bowls and inaugural track cycling events.
Only two years after London 2012, the legacy of the Paralympic Games goes from strength to strength. We have seen improving attitudes toward disabled people, encouraging participation in sport, improving accessibility and helping employers tackle barriers to employing disabled people through Disability Confident, and ultimately fulfilling potential.
The Commonwealth Games will reinforce our continuing work on legacy.