The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wish Team GB Paralympians good luck

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown their support for Team GB as this year’s Paralympic Games begin.

Athletes from around the world are coming together today for the 24th edition of the Paralympic Games, which takes place until 5 September.

Prince William and Kate shared their good wishes via the Kensington Royal Twitter account, writing: “Wishing ParalympicsGB and all the athletes from around the world the best of luck in this year’s #Paralympics.”

“We can’t wait to see the talent and skill displayed over the next two weeks #ImpossibleTolgnore.”

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To mark this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games, Bazaar caught up with five of Britain's most inspiring female athletes, to find out the secret to their incredible success.

Photo credit: Rachel Louise Brown
Photo credit: Rachel Louise Brown

"Gaining back motivation once you've lost it is really difficult," trampolinist Bryony Page, who won a bronze medal in Tokyo earlier this year, explained. "If you feel like it's not going well in training, it can be demotivating. But, for me, I love my sport, and I'm really excited about trying to push my own boundaries and compete against the top in the world. So the motivation comes completely from within."

Photo credit: Rachel Louise Brown
Photo credit: Rachel Louise Brown

Wheelchair basketball players Charlotte Moore and Kayla Bell shared their thoughts on how to overcome adversity. "Personally I like to set smaller goals; achievable things that you can do, so you can tick things off on the way to achieving the bigger end goal," said Moore. "I think that's so important to keep that motivation. Being part of a team sport really does help to keep you focused and give you that drive to be the best that you can be."

Bell added that having strong mental discipline helps, "especially in day-to-day life away from the basketball court when you need to stay disciplined". She continued: "It is something you learn and develop as you play sport longer. It becomes easier to focus on your mental discipline. It helps to remind yourself why you're doing something."

Watch our video above to hear five athletes share how to keep focused, avoid negative comparisons and more.

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