BPA CEO: 'Paralympic journey only just begun'

2012 has been a defining year for the Paralympic movement in the UK but there is still much more to be achieved to ensure a lasting impact, according to Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association.

In a New Year Message at the end of a year that saw the London 2012 Paralympic Games heralded by the International Paralympic Committee as the greatest ever, he said that the journey had only just started and everyone involved must now maximise the momentum London has created.

Swimming double gold and bronze medallist Ellie Simmonds waves to the crowd as she takes part in the London 2012 Victory Parade. Credit: Paul Gilham/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Whilst a home Games have brought a really positive image of disabled people to the fore, we recognise that there is still much to be done if we are to achieve our vision of ‘through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people’."

Hollingsworth added: "We are not at the summit, merely in the foothills of a long journey. But it is one everyone involved should relish and be committed to achieving.”