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Our Paralympians could make the Midlands stand out at the London 2012 Paralympics

Great Britain's Jon-Allan Butterworth during a training session at the Velodrome Photo: PA

Whether it's the court, the track or the velodrome, our Paralympians have a real chance of making the Midlands the stand out region of the games, when it comes to bagging medals.

The pool usually provides a gold rush for ParalympicsGB - In Beijing Ellie Simmonds was the surprise star of the games with two golds at just 13 years old.

With all that success comes more media interest and more pressure this time around.

James Crisp from Nottingham won three golds in Sydney in 2000 but missed out four years ago because of a shoulder injury.

Central filmed him in 1985 while his dad was fighing for compensation after James contracted Polio from a vaccination.

He's recently moved to Sheffield to step up his training.

Brothers Joe and Sam Ingram form Coventry both feature in the Judo competition.

Both fighters were born with conal dystrophy which means they can only see in black and white and have no central vision.

Sam, the younger of the two, won a bronze in Beijing but for Joe it's his first games.

The Midlands can also claim four of the men's five-a-side football team.

They finished fourth in 2010 World Championships held in Hereford.

Danielle Brown was one of two archers to bring Paralympic gold back to the Midlands in 2008.

Since then she's represented her country in able-bodied competitions as well.

Jon Allan Butterworth lost his left arm after being injured in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2007.

He found cycling through a joint scheme between the British Paralympic Association and the Ministry of Defence called Battle Back which helps wounded soldiers return to an active life.

Jon-Allen Butterworth at a training session Credit: PA

So just 11 days left of London 2012 - 11 days to show the world what Midland's athletes are made of - 11 days for all that hard work and training to turn into medals.

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