Helen Hynd is mum to two accomplished Paralympian swimmers in the S8 class who are swimming against each other tonight - 5 September in the aquatic centre.
Her sons Sam and Oliver both have a form of muscular dystrophy - a progressive neurological condition. They're swimming in the SM8 200m individual medley.
The role of parents played a big part in the Olympic coverage, an interesting angle but perhaps doubly so for parents of disabled athletes who've arguably worked harder with more and varied challenges on the way.
Sam was born with clubbed feet and so was obviously disabled. Only later was it apparent that Oliver also had the same genetic traits as his brother as he became weaker.
In the S8 class, Sam won gold in Beijing. In the Netherlands last year, Oliver came second to his brother and got the silver medal.
Tell me about how we got to Sam and Ollie becoming Paralympian swimmers?
Sam was born with abnormal lower limbs, noticeably disabled. He was always very tired, weak, limbs a bit weaker. Beyond his physical difference, we had suspicions things weren't quite right throughout his body. He started to get weaker with writing at school; at around the age of 12 or 13 he found holding a pen very difficult and that's when he got his diagnosis - Neuromuscular myopathy (a type of muscular dystrophy).
We had thought Oliver was able-bodied, he had no visible abnormalities. Around the age of seven, eight and nine he was a very active child, taking part in cross country running and football, things like that. In football he started to ask if he could come off pitch earlier - we and his coach assumed he was just less interested in playing but then Oliver started to struggle with writing, his left leg started to grow abnormally.
He had an operation at Sheffield children's hospital on his leg just before the Beijing Games in 2008; we thought it would cure it all - a post op check showed that actually it had become worse and he was referred on to Great Ormond Street.
Oliver dramatically deteriorated at that time, his muscular dystrophy overtook him at around the age of 12 or 13. For us it was deja vu as Sam deteriorated around the same age - even though Oliver hadn't been visibly affected at birth as Sam had been.
Oliver had been swimming all this time and, around this point his classification was set at S10 - he's now an S8, the same level as his brother Sam.
Oliver had always been into swimming and has swum for his county (Nottinghamshire). At the age of nine, before he was symptomatic, he came second in the county.
Sam was in plasters and callipers until the age of one; he struggled as his mobility was limited. He couldn't participate in "land sport" at school to the same level as his peers. We let him develop though his nursery nurse was concerned at him shinning up the wooden climbing frame in his callipers, we said it should continue. To build him up, we were advised by the hospital to take him swimming and so started him on that road from a very early age.
Sam was good in the water. He joined a local swimming club where he competed against able-bodied children at galas... but would get disqualified because of his unusual leg kick which didn't fit with the rules. It was at that point we were advised by his coach to get him classified as a disabled sports person so that legally they wouldn't be able to keep disqualifying him. With the classification in place, that's how he got into the world of disability sport and headed towards becoming a Paralympian. It opened the channel where he was able to then compete in Disability Sport England (DSE) competitions. As he improved he was then picked up by GB Swimming.
He moved through their Start programme, moved up the squad of British Disability Swimming and reached "podium" level the year before Beijing. He got a gold and a bronze at Beijing.
What is it like being a mum of Paralympians?
It's been hard. I still have moments where I think: "is this real".
When I look back to Beijing, Ollie had his leg operation at that time and he clearly had a leg abnormality. We never dreamt he would be competing for Great Britain at the next Games in London.
I admit at one point it was very difficult as Oliver found it hard to move from being physically active with no restrictions, to how he is now. He had a difficult physical and mental battle to turn his life around. Week by week he was deteriorating and his ability changing, things were constantly being taken away from him.
As far as swimming was concerned at this time, Oliver had to adapt his stroke. Glen Smith was his coach at Nova Centurion club and was a great pillar of support.
When Sam got to real serious training with Nova Centurion on a four year cycle, he was doing more and more mornings. In the two years leading up to the Beijing Games it was very intense. With six mornings a week in the pool at 05:30 and again in the evening.
At the same time, Oliver was training but in a different squad with Nova. My husband Darrell and I helped them do this. One of us would take Sam to training, one would take Ollie.
Sam can drive now. Oliver is learning to drive. It was best we took them because they needed their energy for their training; for them to walk 500 yards is the same as you or I walking a mile.
With muscular dystrophy your body doesn't work in the same way as everyone else - it affects your energy cells.
Both boys find they have to be careful about eating well as they can't miss a meal because if they did then their energy levels would go down. Ollie can't open bottles and things like that.
The boys race against each other head-to-head. Is that difficult for a parent?
To us it's Team Hynd. We're lucky we've got both boys who are equally able to get gold and cheer them both on equally.
The boys banter between themselves: "I'm going to beat you."
Oliver has come first in races against his brother since Berlin even though Sam has the Paralympics Gold. He says that he'd sooner be beaten by his brother than anyone else.
Helen, you're going to be a Paralympic torch bearer?
Yes, on the 29 August - the morning of the day the opening ceremony takes place. I'll be doing it in Brent, I think I'll be taking it about 150 metres. I don't know if I'll run or walk with it.
It's very special for me. They know how proud we are of them but it's our way of publically saying we're proud of what you've achieved. But to be part of the Para movement for every single Paralympic athlete out there, not just Sam and Ollie, it's so special to me.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC - the main organising body) have done a fantastic job for the Paralympics in London. It's great, it's almost a ticket sellout.
I think I would say I do hope people's eyes are opened to disability.
The boys always had this motto: "It's not about disability, it's about ability." Take Oscar Pistorius, he's missing his legs but still has the ability to take part.
I hope the Paralympics show people may appear different but are no different.
It can only be positive. I know my boys would like the Games to encourage people to get into disability sport. Their condition is progressive but it's not stopping them, it makes it more difficult for them and they have to train harder.