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    Paralympics 2012, 29/8 - 9/9: Information, News and General chat





    The Paralympics are coming 'home' ...

    It all began at Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, during the 1948 London Olympic Games.
    You can read more about it on the Paralympic website here.

    The British Paralympic website is here (TeamGB).
    The Olympic Park is currently being adapted ready for the Paralympics.
    There is quite a lot of information on the BBC website under the heading Disability Sport and including schedule information and who is competing for Great Britain.

    This is Mandeville - named for the founding venue of the Paralympics.



    Dates
    The Summer Paralympics 2012 starts here in Great Britain on Wednesday 29th August and ends on the 9th September 2012. Many of the venues will the same as those for the Olympic Games whilst some will be adapted for specialist Paralympic sports.

    Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    More details to follow, Coldplay are booked for the closing ceremony ...
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    Sports and Venues

    The Paralympics event is being held at the Olympics Park in East London.
    It's another opportunity to visit the venue and be part of the Games.

    Many of the stadia are being adapted for disability use - we'll add information as it becomes available.

    Here's the sports which will be taking place.

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    TV and Radio Coverage
    Channel 4 is the official Paralympic TV broadcaster - see their website here.
    BBC is giving Radio coverage - see here coverage on live radio.
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    Re: Paralympics 2012, 29/8 - 9/9: Information, News and General chat

    The Paralympic Flame

    The Paralympics are taking a different approach to their flame lighting to involve the 4 parts of Great Britain. Starting on mountain tops the flames will then be transported to the 4 major cities.

    Four separate teams are scaling the highest peaks of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to create the Paralympic flames. The teams are made up of scouts, mountain guides and people with disabilities, and are expected to take about four hours to reach the peaks.

    Once at the summits of Scafell Pike, Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Slieve Donard, they will strike flint against steel to spark fire. The flames will then be carried down in lanterns ahead of celebrations in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
    Each city has a Festival planned to celebrate the Paralympians who will also light 'cauldrons' :-



    • London, 24 August - Trafalgar Square
    • Belfast, 25 August - City Hall and Stormont
    • Edinburgh, 26 August - The Mound and Meadowbank Sports Centre
    • Cardiff, 27 August - City Hall and Roald Dahl Place


    The flames will then unite in the home of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville, ahead of a 24-hour torch relay which starts at 20:00 BST on 28 August and travels overnight to London.

    Over the 24hrs the Paralympic flame will be carried 92 miles by 580 torchbearers, working in teams of five, from Stoke Mandeville Stadium through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and all six of London's host boroughs to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.


    The Paralympic Games opening ceremony takes place on Wednesday 29 August.


    Extract from the BBC website - read more here
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    The #Paralympics start tomorrow! Listen to some #TeamGB well-wishes from the Murrays, James Ward, Leon Smith and... Mo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrBaf...&feature=g-u-u

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    Re: Paralympics 2012, 29/8 - 9/9: Information, News and General chat

    The Paralympics Flame began its' run to London yesterday.
    More details here on the BBC website.

    Thousands of people have turned out to welcome the Paralympic flame which is en route to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the Games.


    Crowds have lined the route of the 24-hour torch relay which began in Stoke Mandeville on Tuesday night. The flame arrived in north London almost two hours late but organisers said they were now making up the time.


    The Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to attend the opening ceremony which starts at 20:30 BST.

    Crowds gathered in the market square in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, to watch the start of the relay and thousands more turned out overnight along the route to cheer on the torchbearers.
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    Re: Paralympics 2012, 29/8 - 9/9: Information, News and General chat

    Opening Ceremony is going on at the moment.

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    We're getting it on our tv at 9 p.m. our time.
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    I'd say it's worth watching!

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    France have got a huge team!

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