Now that the dust has settled on a truly remarkable 2012 Olympic games, our attention turns to a new group of heroes hoping to achieve glory in their own theatre of dreams. Great Britains Paralympians are set to be the best we have ever seen, but who should we be watching out for....
Sarah Storey. Having won 16 Paralympic medals in Swimming, Sarah turned her attentions to Track Cycling for the 2008 Beijing games and promptly picked up two further Golds. Born without the use of her left hand, Sarah competes at the highest level she was the first 'disabled' athlete to compete for England at the commonwealth games competing against able bodied cyclists, she also narrowly missed out on a place in GB's team pursuit Gold medal winning Olympic team for 2012. Where Sarah is concerned expect medals and world records.
Jonnie Peacock. A Sprinter of prodigious talent. Aged five Jonnie contracted meningitis resulting in the disease killing the tissues of his right leg. His leg was amputated below the knee. In June 2012 he set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting at the United States Paralympic track and field trials recording a time of 10.85 seconds. Now everyone has heard of South African Sprinter Oscar Pistorius, well Jonnie will make him look like he is standing still.
Sophia Warner. After quitting a high flying job in Marketing to become a Paralympic athlete, the European record holder, who has Cerebral Palsy has her sights set on Gold in the 100m in the Olympic stadium.
Danielle Brown. Having won Gold in Beijing four years ago in Archery, Danielle has high hopes of repeating this feat
David Weir MBE is an elite Wheelchair Athlete He won the 2012 London Marathon, his sixth title in a London Marathon, in 1:32:23. Weir won four medals (two golds, a silver and a bronze) in Beijing, which was his third Games. He also won a silver medal and a bronze at the Athens games in 2004. David Weir currently holds the British record at all track distances up to 5,000 m, as well as on the road at 10 km, half marathon, and marathon. David has an excellent chance of adding to his medal tally and cementing his place in history as one of the greatest wheelchair athletes ever.
Darren Kenny. Having been involved in cycling since he was young, Kenny started racing at the age of eleven. In 1988, when he was 18 he suffered an accident at the Tour of Ireland whilst descending the Wicklow Gap which looked likely to have ended his career. He had damaged his neck, but did not realise the extent of the damage at the time. At thirty years old, Kenny returned to cycling, initially to improve his fitness, but he soon began racing once more. Already the owner of 6 Paralympic Gold medals, Darren will definitely be one to watch in the Velodrome.
David Lee Pearson, CBE is a nine-times gold medallist having represented British para-equestrianism in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. He also has six world-championship and three European titles. He was born with Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. He won three gold medals in the championship dressage, freestyle dressage, and team dressage events at each Paralympic games and is a good bet to repeat this achievement.
Tom Aggar is a British rower who competed in Beijing. Tom went to the University of Warwick where he was a member of the rugby union 1st XV as well as the Saracens development squad. In 2005, whilst out with a group of friends, he slipped and fell eight feet on to a concrete path. Thinking that he had headed home alone his friends left, when Tom regained consciousness two hours later he phoned for an ambulance. In his fall he had broken his back and suffered a spinal injury, resulting in paralysis of his legs. Tom took up rowing as part of the rehabilitation from his injury. He competed at the 2006 National Indoor Championships. In 2007, at the World Rowing Championships in Munich, he won the gold medal in the 1000m men's single scull. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, rowing made its debut appearance at the Games. Tom won the men's single sculls gold medal in the 1000m. Tom also won world titles in 2009 and 2010.
Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell. Since Beijing, where the GB paralympic team failed to get a medal in Sailing, the two handed Skud-18 crew of Alex and Niki have won four world titles and will be favourites for paralympic Gold.
Peter Norfolk will be bidding for his third Paralympic singles title in the Wheelchair Tennis, quad division.
Eleanor Simmonds became a household name after Beijing where at the age of 13 years and 9 months she became the youngest British athlete ever to win a medal at either the Olympics or the Paralympics, she actually won 2 Golds. Ellie has followed this by being voted BBC Young Sports Personality of the year for 2008 and winning 10 World and 5 European titles. Ellie is without a doubt the face of the 2012 Paralympic games and we hope this will inspire her to even higher levels of greatness.
Whatever your sport, get behind these amazing athletes, Britain has finished 2nd in the medal table for the past 3 Paralympics and although topping the table is a massive task, with a bit of luck and a lot of British support you never know. It all starts today with the opening cermony, which may not match the Danny Boyle directed affair of 5 weeks ago but I am sure will be the best thing to watch on TV tonight. Watch over the next 12 days and be inspired by true British heroes.