“Since London 2012 Paralympic sport has gone from strength to strength and that makes me so proud. In my eyes, the event is now reaching the same level as the Olympics – and that was certainly the case at the last Games when the stadium was sold out for every event. This was absolutely amazing to see – and indeed to hear when I raced at the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
I think that we have really built on the buzz that 2012 created Para-sport has progressed a lot and the Paralympics has certainly had a huge impact on my sport. For example, before the London Olympics there were only 20 races at Stoke Mandeville and now, less than four years later, there are over 90 races – in fact I am competing in one today [7 may 2016]. These numbers simply speak for themselves.
Going to Rio after being so successful at London 2012 could put a lot of pressure on me as an athlete but, to be honest, I am just really looking forward to being back on that big stage defending my titles. At the same time, I am very hopeful that this August will prove to be yet another Golden Summer for sport as a whole as well as for me and Team GB.