Footballer inspired by disabled competitors

David Beckham admits he and wife Victoria are humbled by the parents of Paralympic athletes.

The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony takes place tonight and dad-of-4 David, who was involved in the bid for London 2012, is in awe of the competitors’ proud families.

‘As parents blessed with 4 healthy children, Victoria and I are humbled by the strength and energy of mums and dads who encourage their disabled children to take up sports,’ David, 37, tells the Daily Mirror.

‘It can involve real hardship and sacrifice – but there is no greater life lesson that you can give to your children than to “be the very best you can”.’

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