The Queen wrote a personal message of congratulations to all the athletes who competed in this year's Paralympic Tokyo Games, which came to a close this weekend.
Her Majesty said she offered her, “warm congratulations to Paralympic athletes from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and indeed to the athletes of all Commonwealth countries, on their enormous success at the Tokyo Games.”
She expressed that, “the commitment, dedication and adaptability” shown by the athletes and their support teams, “has been inspirational,” especially in light of the challenges posed by the pandemic over the last 18 months.
The Queen added that the Paralympians’ “performances have lifted the nation and [their] triumphs been celebrated by us all.”
Her Majesty summarised the tribute by ending with the message; “I send my very best wishes to all those who have contributed to the success of these memorable Games.’
The full letter was shared on official social media account for the Royal Family. It featured an image from the official Closing Ceremony with Boccia Paralympic champion David Smith wielding a Union Jack flag from his wheelchair.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also shared their congratulations on the Paralympic team’s achievements, with a post on their official social media account.
They said that the “mental strength, determination and talent shown throughout has been nothing short of inspiring” and added that the athletes “should all be incredibly proud of [their] achievements.”
Will and Kate shared a selection of photographs of athletes competing and receiving medals from throughout the Tokyo Games. They also highlighted the Sports Aid organisation, of which the Duchess is patron.
The royal couple explained how Sports Aid had “helped support 165 of the 227 members of ParalympicsGB during their careers,” and said that, “without this support, these athletes may not have had the financial support and recognition they require to perform at the level they do.”
Great Britain finished the Olympic games with a total of 124 medals, in second place overall behind China and ahead of the United States, who finished third. 41 of the medals won were gold, with 28 silver and 45 bronze.
Great Britain was awarded medals in a range of sports including wheelchair rugby, table tennis, canoe sprint, taekwondo, shot put and wheelchair tennis.
Athletes included a number of returning faces as well as many making their debut at this year’s games.
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