The Paralympic Games is a true inspiration to many and is set to get underway with its own opening ceremony on the 29th of August following a Paralympic Torch Relay commencing on the 24th August. The torch relay will conclude with the symbolic lighting of the Paralympic Torch Cauldron that symbolizes the official start of the Paralympic Games.
The torch relay will start in London with the lighting of England’s fame on the 24th August. Great Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh will each light their own flame on consecutive days during their own unique Flame Lighting events called Flame Festivals. Each flame will travel to the home of the Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville and all four torches will be united during a Paralympic Lighting Ceremony on the 28th August to create the Paralympic Flame. It is this flame that will be carried into the stadium in a celebratory ceremony that unites both tradition and modern, innovative creativity from all spectrums of the performing arts.
With 21 sports and 4200 athletes, spectators will experience some exciting competition. The sports involved in the Paralympic Games include: archery, athletics, boccia, cycling road and track, equestrian, football 5 and 7 side, goal ball, judo, power lifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, fencing, rugby and tennis. Out of all events, it is both the Athletics and Swimming, however that have proven to be the most popular amongst spectators.
Visitors need to check the locations of their events carefully as not all events are taking place at the Olympic Stadium. Events such as the Cycling Road will be held at the renowned motor-racing track at Brand’s Hatch in Kent and the Wheelchair tennis at the only permanent Paralympic venue, Eton Manor in London. Travel advise to and from such venues can all be found at the London 2012 Paralympic Website along with other key information such as advise on accommodation.
The official London 2012 Paralympic Games website provides detailed information on both sporting events and other London 2012 events and event includes a journey planner to help visitors calculate the time it will take to arrive at the venue for their chosen event. Spectators are thus encouraged to use such features on the website in order to facilitate their journey. All visitors are to expect large crowds and possible delays and where road routes are involved, travelers are asked to use public transport only.
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25 August: Belfast – City Hall
26 August: Edinburgh – Inverleith Park
27 August: Cardiff – Roald Dahl Plass
28th August: Stoke Mandeville