Chris_Holmes_head_and_shouldersThere's a fantastic buzz in the air at the moment.

It's now exactly One Year to Go until the start of the Paralympic Games and I can really feel that everyone is getting excited about the Games coming to London.

The Paralympic Games are the second largest sporting event in the world in scale and size and it's very exciting to think that in exactly 12 months' time, we will be welcoming the superstars of the Paralympic world to come and compete in London.

I can't wait to see them in action and, with Britain being a sport-mad nation, I know that the British public will really get behind our Paralympic athletes. The GB team came second in the medals table in Beijing, which is a fantastic position to head into in a home Games.

As a former Paralympian, I know what GB athletes must be thinking and going through at the moment. Over the next 12 months, their complete focus will be on training and preparation for the Games, getting ready for that one moment in the summer of 2012 when they will need to pull out the performance of their lives.

I, for one, can't wait to experience world-class performance in world class venues across our city.

It's going to be an extraordinary summer of sport and with the Paralympic Games; the public has a chance to see sport like never before.

The Paralympic Games will offer unique passion, drama and emotion and quite simply, they can't be missed. Tickets go on sale on Septembe 9 until 26, so don't miss your opportunity to apply for a piece of history.

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Chris Holmes is the Director of Paralympic Integration for the London 2012 Organising Committee. He won nine Paralympic gold medals at four Paralympic Games including six at Barcelona in 1992, a feat never equalled by another British Paralympian. He was awarded an MBE for services to British sport in 1992. He is also a Patron of "Help for Heroes'"and a Patron of the British Paralympic Association (BPA)