Pearson inspired by Paralympians

Lee Pearson hopes the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games carries on

Lee Pearson hopes the legacy of the 2012 Paralympic Games carries on

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Great Britain's dressage riders are on course to make London their most successful Paralympic Games in history on Tuesday.

Three more medals in the final three freestyle events - they are being contested by Sophie Wells, Deb Criddle and Sophie Christiansen - will take Britain past their total medal haul of 10 at the Beijing Games four years ago.

Eight medals, including four gold, are already in the bag, and it will be a surprise if three more podium finishes are now not secured.

And Lee Pearson, who will leave London with gold, silver and bronze medals that he can add to his nine golds achieved over three previous Paralympics, has been enthused by the whole experience.

"I think this is going to inspire disabled children and adults to get into sport," he said. "It is also amazing when able-bodied adults and children come up to me and say we've changed their perception of disabled people and inspired them to do sport as well.

"We have the can-do factor, and us doing what we do I think inspires people to just try that little bit harder, whether they are able-bodied or disabled.

"When I go into the restaurant at the Paralympic village, I am also inspired. There could be 1,000 people eating at one time, and the majority of them are disabled.

"All this abnormality just becomes normal. One of the helpers said to me on the train the other day 'why can't daily life just be like a Paralympic Games where everyone is feeling happy and inspired?'

"We just pray that people are still talking about the London Games in a couple of months' time, and it doesn't just finish. Let's just hope the legacy carries on."

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