Glasgow 2014: Tanni Grey-Thompson welcomes integration

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson says that disabled competitors were not allowed to live in the athlete's village at the 1990 Commonwealth Games
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
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The Commonwealth Games demonstrate how disability sports can be integrated into major events, says Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

A total of 22 medals across five Para-sports external-linkwill be up for grabs at Glasgow 2014.

"The Commonwealth Games show that it doesn't matter if you are disabled or non-disabled," said Grey-Thompson.

"The Commonwealth Games is the one event that does integration properly."

One of Britain's most successful disabled sports stars, Grey-Thompson added: "People who come to watch don't differentiate, they just want to see good sport."

David Weir
David Weir is among the Paralympic athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

The Para-sports on show at Glasgow 2014 are athletics, powerlifting, swimming, lawn bowls and cycling.

The Games get under way with the opening ceremony on 23 July.

Grey-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic golds during her career, added that disabled athletes were treated poorly at her first Commonwealth Games in 1990 but believes conditions have improved noticeably.

"We were completely separated and segregated," said the 44-year-old.

"We weren't given any kit, we were not allowed to live in the village. With each four-year cycle, there has been an expansion of events and sports."

A number of Paralympic medallists from London 2012 will compete in Glasgow, including David Weir, Aled Davies, Dan Greaves, Ollie Hynd and Neil Fachie.

Para-sport events at Glasgow 2014
Swimming: Men's S9 100m freestyle (S8/S7 eligible), S14 200m freestyle, SM8 200m medley (SM7 eligible). Women's S8 100m freestyle (S7 eligible), SB9 100m breaststroke (SB8 eligible), SM10 200m medley (SM9 eligible)
Athletics: Men's T37 100m, T54 1500m (T53 eligible), F42/44 discus. Women's T12 100m (T11 eligible), T54 1500m (T53 eligible), T37/38 long jump
Track Cycling: Men's sprint tandem, 1000m time trial. Women's sprint tandem, 1000m time trial.
Lawn Bowls: B2/B3 pairs (blind/visually-impaired), B6/B7/B8 triples (physical impairment)
Powerlifting: Men's lightweight and heavyweight, Women's lightweight and heavyweight