It will not be long now before Britain wakes up to the fact that London 2012 will not only be the greatest single event on these shores in our lifetime – but the legacy will live on for generations.

After the Games the Olympic Park will be transformed into one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years.  There will be many benefits, including the transformation of the Olympic Village, where athletes and officials will stay during the Games, into homes. Many will be available for key workers such as teachers and nurses.

But it is the inspirational legacy of the Games that excites me.

When we watch the world’s finest athletes compete in the greatest show on earth. many Britains will be inspired to get fit. Many will be inspired to try to emulate a new generation of sporting heroes. And many will simply take comfort and pride in our great sporting heritage because London 2012 will be something extra special, the likes of which we will not see again in our life-time.