This week I made the short train journey from Milton Keynes to Birmingham to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.
3. David Beckham joins Kirsty Howard for inspirational handover of Baton to Queen at Manchester 2002
In 2002, there was no bigger sportsman in the world than David Beckham, the England footballer who played for Manchester United and whose marriage to a Spice Girl made him an international icon just as likely to appear on the front pages of the newspapers as the back.
Sport for Para-athletes has existed for more than 100 years but it was not until after World War Two that it became widely introduced to help veterans injured in the conflict recover.