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Prince Edward wishes British Paralympic team 'best of luck'

Aug 20, 2021

Prince Edward wishes British Paralympic team ‘very best of luck’ in video message as he encourages them to ‘inspire the next generation of athletes with disabilities’

  • Prince Edward wished the British Paralympic team good luck in a message 
  • Earl of Wessex, who is the patron of the British Paralympic team, also called on the athletes to ‘inspire the next generation of athletes with disabilties ‘  
  • Alongside the videos were pictures of British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand athletes at previous games

Prince Edward has wished the British Paralympic team good luck in a sweet message shared via the Royal Family’s social media page.

The Queen’s youngest son, 57, who lives in Bagshot Park in Windsor with his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13, spoke of competing against the ‘very best in the world’ ahead of the Tokyo Games which starts on Monday.

The Earl of Wessex, who is the patron of the British Paralympic team, also called on the athletes to ‘inspire the next generation’.    

‘As the moment this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo gets ever closer to actually getting underway, I want to wish you the very best of luck,’ he said in a video message. 

‘While part of the experience will be slightly surreal, in particular the lack of any spectators, I hope these won’t detract from the main purpose, which is of course the competition. 

‘You can be sure that your family, friends and supporters will be there in spirit,  following it all on a screen and expanding plenty of energy and frustration by shouting at it, fruitlessly.

‘We all send you massive congratulations on being selected. You now have the chance to compete against the very best in the world, and indeed, to win. 

‘And more importantly, we want you to go out there and to achieve your best, make us proud, and inspire the next generation of athletes with a disability. 

Prince Edward has wished the British Paralympic team good luck in a sweet message shared via the Royal Family’s social media page

‘And whatever happens, I hope you have a brilliant experience in Japan.

‘The Paralympic Games is a unique event, and the Japanese people undoubtedly try to make it a memorable one for you’. 

Alongside the videos were pictures of British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand athletes at previous games.

They added the caption:  “We want you to go out there and to achieve your best. Make us proud and inspire the next generation of athletes with a disability.” – The Earl of Wessex, Patron of @ParalympicsGB_official

Alongside the videos was pictures of British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand athletes at previous games (pictured) 

‘Wishing all Paralympians everywhere every success at the #Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games!

‘The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games begins on 24th August! #4DaysToGo’.

The Paralympics open on August 24, with around 4,400 athletes from approximately 160 teams set to take part.

They begin around two weeks after the Olympics ended, with organisers saying they were able to prevent any major spread of coronavirus through tough anti-virus measures.

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