The curtain may have closed on the smorgasbord of sport that was the Rio Olympics, but the show in Brazil is far from over.

We still have another team of 264 competitors to cheer on. Our job is far from over.

There are still moments of elation, excitement and excruciating tension as we peer through our fingertips at dramatic conclusion after dramatic conclusion across 19 sports.

The Paralympic Games have an interesting history. The first competition between disabled athletes to coincide with the Olympics was held in 1948 in London, where British WWII veterans who had suffered spinal injuries competed in what was dubbed the 1948 International Wheelchair Games.

The man behind it was Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish German doctor who had fled Nazi Germany in 1939, his vision being an elite sports competition.

Soon, his vision was realised.

Scotland’s contingent to the Paralympic Games in Rio is comprised of 33 athletes, making it the largest in over 20 years of the competition’s history.

After their heroic haul of 11 medals at the London Games of 2012 - contributing to the magnificent tally of 120 in total by Team GB – our men and women are ready to repeat their dazzling displays which saw them become household names four years ago.

For disabled sports, the London Games, and of course our own Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, provided a lightning rod which saw them rocket in popularity. Our Paralympians deserve their hero-status. The challenges that anyone competing at the highest level of sport must overcome to get there, are nigh on insurmountable.

However, those in Rio must overcome those challenges whilst living with disability, and prove that it is not a barrier to achievement. 

Nathan Macqueen, from Dumfries, is the perfect example to personify this. A professional rugby player in his teens, Macqueen was paralysed from the waist down following a motorbike crash when we was 17.

He took up wheelchair basketball, and then weightlifting, but was forced to give these up after injury.

Macqueen refused to give in, and travelled to Rio to compete in archery.

The determination of people like Nathan never fails to amaze me, and he is not alone among Scotland’s representatives in Rio.

Each and every one of them has their own story, their own barriers which they have overcome and their own gruelling training schedules which have seen them ascend to the top of their respective games.

And what an example they set to us all.

I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing our Paralympians in action, and to enjoying even more Scottish successes. Soon we will have yet more champions from Rio alongside the likes of Murray, Skinner and Doyle.