As a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, I have been truly humbled by the athletes' achievements at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. For Dame Sarah Storey to have won her 17th Paralympic gold medal to become the most successful Paralympian of all time is truly unbelievable.
Sarah was born without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb and the hand did not develop as normal. As a schoolgirl, she was subjected to bullying by her school mates because of her commitment to sports training. She went on to compete as a swimmer at four Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005.
Life is hard enough with only one functioning hand, let alone having the drive and determination to train to an elite level and win 17 Paralympic gold medals.
As a Court of Protection solicitor, I work alongside clients with a variety of disabilities on a daily basis. They may not all be Paralympians, but each one has their own story to tell and their own personal list of achievements and they never cease to be inspiring.
In 2021 our Paralympic athletes have earnt the respect of the worldwide community and brought disabled people into sharp focus. I hope their success and determination continues to inspire all of us, and that it helps to make the world a fairer place for disabled people.
Sarah Storey won her 17th Paralympic gold to become Great Britain's most successful Paralympian of all time.