We Will Put Disabled Sport on a New Level; TANNI GREY-THOMPSON Britain's Greatest Ever Paralympian Evening Standard Olympic Special

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Byline: TANNI GREY-THOMPSON

DAME Tanni Grey-Thompson would not have supported London's 2012 bid if the Paralympic Games were in any way neglected.

The 35-year-old, who has won 11 paralympic gold medals, has been a vocal spokesperson for the campaign and was a member of the victorious delegation in Singapore.

She said: "The Paralympic Games were always an integral part of the bid.

If it had been something that was just bolted on at the end of it, I wouldn't have been interested in being involved.

"The Olympics in Britain in 2012 will be fantastic. It will be the best possible legacy for the children of this country, and the best thing for paralympic sport I could imagine."

Bid organisers made the Paralympics a key tenet of the campaign, highlighting London's strong record for disabled sport, pointing in particular to the London Marathon's record of attracting an elite field of wheelchair athletes to the capital every year. …