Norfolk wants to pay back support
Peter Norfolk has been delighted with the support he has received in his Paralympic quest
ParalympicsGB flagbearer Peter Norfolk has hailed the "fabulous" London 2012 squad he will lead into the Olympic Stadium next Wednesday.
The wheelchair tennis veteran believes the Games is a "fantastic platform" for the stars to showcase their talents.
He said: "The ParalympicsGB team has got a fabulous squad, and I think everyone's been hugely focused on what they've been expected to do as well. We've had great support from UK Sport, the Lottery, and for me the Tennis Foundation, and I think now is the time for us to pay it back. And I think it's a fantastic platform for us to do that."
The 51-year-old from Hampshire had a motorcycle accident in 1979 which left him with a spinal cord injury at T4/5 level.
Norfolk believes Team GB's outstanding medal haul at London 2012 is something for ParalympicsGB to aim for - and then overtake.
He said: "The Olympics was sensational, and I think for us in one respect it's added pressure, but in the other respect we can look at what's already gone on before us and say, 'okay there's the benchmark, now let's surpass it'."
Norfolk, who is known as the "Quadfather", won gold in the quad singles in Athens and Beijing and will be looking to defend his title in London.
He also has two quad doubles Paralympics medals, a silver from Athens and a bronze from Beijing.
Asked about his sport at the London Games, he said: "The GB tennis squad is a superb squad this year.
"I think we've got some great youngsters coming up and they've already been to Beijing and they've had some experience. They've been on the world circuit. They've had some great results this year, so I'm looking forward to them peaking."
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