The media tagline “Meet the Superhumans” heralded a new attitude to para-sports at the London 2012 Paralympics. Consequently, Team GB para-athletes such as Hannah Cockroft, David Weir, Ellie Simmonds, Richard Whitehead, Sarah Storey and Jonnie Peacock entered the mainstream and became huge stars in their own right. Now the superhumans are back to compete for Commonwealth gold.
Para-sports are fully integrated into the Glasgow 2014 schedule. And with 22 gold medals up for grabs across five disciplines (swimming, athletics, cycling, lawn bowls and powerlifting) this is the largest para-sports programme in Commonwealth Games history.
We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to see Team Scotland para-cyclist Neil Fachie and his pilot Craig MacLean showing off their medal haul at the Merchant City Festival on Sunday afternoon. The pair took gold in both the men’s sprint and 1000m time trial B2 tandem events.