Paralympic gold medallist David Weir spoke of the “incredible reaction” he has had since becoming a national hero at last summer’s games.
The champion, who won gold in the T54 in 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the marathon at the London Paralympic Games, was speaking at the Yorkshire International Business Convention.
He said: “The whole games seemed to go really quickly and you are thrust into the public eye. The media, the support from people on the street, it was incredible.
“After you have finished - you’re not too sure what to do with yourself. There are years of dedication, training, and you do have to be a bit selfish while you train.
“Now I am taking a bit of time out. I want to spend time with my children, and enjoy some normal life with them.
“I’ve decided I am not going to do the World Championships, but I am looking forward to competing for England in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. After that? I haven’t made a decision about the Paralympics in Rio yet, but I’ll probably be there.
“Wheelchair sports have received a massive boost since the Paralympics. An academy has been set up since the games, and more and more children are looking at getting involved.
“It can be difficult for people. It is expensive, people often start off using other people’s chairs which aren’t right for them. But if my legacy is to encourage more people to take part then I will be happy.”
And Weir gave an insight into a secret of his success, which came from an unlikely source.
“It’s beetroot juice. Just a little bit of it during the race gave me the boost at the end.”