Hi all, Sarah Keoghan here.
Welcome to the first day of the Sydney Morning Herald’s live Paralympics blog.
With most of Australia in lockdown, the eleven days of competition will provide a glimmering escape from our own living rooms.
It’s a huge day for our athletes today as our Australian 179-strong team begin their campaign. There are up to 10 medal chances in the pool, with Aussies also competing across cycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
Our athletes will be competing in 18 of the 22 sports in Tokyo, and is the largest team we’ve ever sent to an overseas Games.
If you didn’t get a chance to catch the opening ceremony of the Games last night, take a look at Herald reporter Tom Decent’s recap here.
Tom will be on the ground throughout the entire Games and will keep us up to date with the latest.
Let’s get things underway.