Among the many special moments of the summer of 2012, there was nothing more inspiring than the way our Paralympics captured the imagination of the world, fundamentally changing attitudes towards disability.
At the heart of that success was our brilliant Paralympics GB Team.
As people from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland stood together, lining the streets to celebrate your phenomenal medal haul, we did not see disability but the most inspiring ability, talent, strength and determination.
You brought our country together and showed us the best of what our United Kingdom can be.
This year in Rio, while you may not see those same British crowds around you, I want you to know that we will be there in spirit, watching on our televisions and willing you on all the way.
I know that again, you will make our nation proud, delivering sporting success for Britain and inspiring generations around the world.
So I want to wish all of our Paralympic athletes every success and I say to the whole country: ‘Let’s super-charge the team and cheer them on to glory in Rio.’