After a magnificent Paralympic games, every bit as captivating and, if anythng, even more awe inspiring than the Olympics, I salute every single one of our Paralympians who have reminded me of three things:
Firstly, that any adversity can be overcome if you're prepared to work at it.
Secondly, that ability plus belief brings success - and when you have slightly less of the former, you just need to apply more of the latter to succeed.
Thirdly, that there is still room for sportsmanship and a smile, win or lose and that competition, and the respect and comradeship that goes with it, is to be enjoyed.
I was moved by their positivity, courage, tenacity, humility and sheer love of life and I didn't hear one defeatist or unsportsmanlike comment, or one person who wasn't aiming higher for 2012.
We can learn a helluva lot from these magnificent people.
If I was going into battle I'd want these guys on my side every time.