James Lawton: My pleasure and privilege, Katherine Grainger

You may say it is wretchedly self-serving, and you may be right, but there is still a compulsion to reproduce here a fragment of the beautifully written autobiography rower Katherine Grainger produced beside a Scottish loch after her superb Olympic gold medal triumph last year.

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan: It's the upset wins that show things are

We expected world records to go in London, but not this many. I think the first and most important factor is the exceptionally talented athletes at these Paralympics who are at the top of their game. The other significant thing has been the increase in funding for disabled sports – certainly for Paralympics GB we are finally starting to reap the rewards from eight years of Lottery funding.