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London 2012 Paralympics has provided tangible legacy for disability sport says Baroness Tanni

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British wheelchair racing icon Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says that she feels the London 2012 Paralympics has provided tangible legacy for disability sport one year on from the Games.

The 44-year-old from Cardiff, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals in a glittering career, played a key in helping London secure the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in Singapore in 2005 before helping to promote the Games as an Ambassador for the Organising Committee. 

Following the conclusion of London 2012, Baroness Tanni said she had feared a decline in interest and participation in disability sport following the immediate post-Games surge but said she is delighted that hasn’t happened. 

"The Paralympics were absolutely amazing and there was unsurprisingly huge surge in interest in disability sport in the immediate aftermath of the Games,” Baroness Tanni exclusively told Community Sport Network.

"I think the fear for all of us was that the interest would start to die-off but it is great to see that it hasn't. 
"There is still huge interest in disability sport across the UK and we are definitely seeing more disabled people participating in sport. 

"The sustained rise in interest and participation in disability sport is definitely a tangible legacy of London 2012 in my view.”

Baroness Tanni believes that participation in disability sport, particularly in London, has been boosted by huge investment in transport due to the Games but says more sports clubs need to cater for disabled people to help maximise this. 

Improved accessibility means that more disabled people should have a better chance to participate in sport at community level as they are able to travel to their clubs more easily than before,” she said.

"But the key is to ensure that there also are more sports clubs in London and across the UK catering for people with a disability

"Accessibility is one thing and it is very important but it is perhaps more vital to have the actual facilities in place that disabled people can go to in order to participate in sport.”

To read the full catch up interview with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson click here

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