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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July 2005, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Paralympians hail London success
Paralympian Tanni Grey Thompson
Tanni Grey Thompson was part of the delegation in Singapore
Leading Paralympic figures have welcomed the announcement that London will host the 2012 Games.

"This is amazing. It is a huge day for the Paralympics," said Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, who was part of the London delegation at the vote in Singapore.

"We knew we did a good presentation but it was a tough few hours waiting to see how the voting went.

"I don't think I've cried so much and I've seen a lot of old guys who I never thought I'd see cry get emotional."

"We will do a Paralympics better than anyone else," said Athens gold medallist Danny Crates, who was among those at Trafalgar Square.

"Waiting for the result to be announced I was more nervous than any race I have been in before.

"When they announced that it was London, I got a massive adrenalin rush. It's absolutely brilliant."

British disability swimming chief Tim Reddish said that a London Paralympics would raise the profile of Paralympic sport in Great Britain.

"I've been lucky enough to participate in three Paralympics and lead a team in another but a Paralympics in my home country will be something special and I can't wait to be involved in some way," he told BBC Sport.

"Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to have the chance to lead a British swimming team at a London Paralympics.

"It is a chance for four generations of a family to be involved, whether it is as a spectator, volunteer or a competitor and I hope that the government and the health and education agencies will help in that."

British Paralympic Association chief executive Phil Lane said that the Games bid had created a momentum for sport in Great Britain.

It feels as if the Paralympic Games are coming home
BPA chief executive Phil Lane

"Great Britain is passionate about Paralympic sport. The movement was born here, at Stoke Mandeville, so that it feels as if the Paralympic Games are coming home," he said.

"The Games will provide a showcase for the best Paralympic athletes in the world. With the UK's media infrastructure we will be able to show to the world what these athletes can do. The Paralympians will enthuse and inspire a whole new generation.

"Paralaympic athletes in this country will enjoy a greater number and consistency of sports competitions between now and 2012 as new facilities are built and events held."


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