Three of the world’s leading athletes describe the change they would most like their sporting endeavours to inspire.
"Something that I struggle with and have to constantly work on is uncompromising belief in myself and my athletic abilities. I don't go to races to fill lanes. I want to make an impact and be remembered. The one thing I hope my journey in sport inspires is this uncompromising belief in others and their inherent ability to impact their communities for good. The London 2012 Paralympics are going to change the way the British public view people with disabilities. They are going to realise that physical disabilities are not synonymous with labels such as weak, sad or misfortunate. The public will be exposed to Paralympians who are eloquent, aggressive, attractive, determined and gifted. I think the nation as a whole will be inspired and forced to rethink old attitudes about human potential." Stefanie Reid,track and field paralympian
"The power of sport is a massive tool. It can have a positive impact on your whole life, no matter what your background is, or your age. I think, in respect of that, we need to change how we look at each other. We should support each other to provide a greener and healthier place to live." Richard Whitehead,double-amputee runner
"The change I'd most like to inspire is definitely safer cycling on the roads for all cyclists. Hopefully the increase in popularity of cycling will make the general public more aware and have more respect for cyclists on the road after London 2012." Lizzie Armitstead,track and road cyclist