Friday, 10 February 2012

Paralympic Games 2012 Countdown!

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th February 2012, marks 200 days until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. These games will see the largest ever team of British Paralympians competing for medals on the world stage.

The XIV Paralympic Games London 2012 will open on 29th August with a huge fanfare to mark the start of 11 days of intense competition that will bring together some of the world’s best disabled athletes in 20 sports across 15 different venues.

There will be 162 National Paralympic Committees overseeing 6,500 athletes and officials representing 160 countries. 1.5 million ticket holders will see 471 medal events transmitted worldwide by 6,000 media and broadcasters.

A story by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson reveals that the Paralympic Games have come a long way - in the 2000 Games in Sydney, she had to drag herself up a flight of stairs to undertake a drugs test because there was no disabled access. Unthinkable now surely.......

From the Opening Ceremony on 29th August 2012 to the Closing Ceremony on 9th September 2012, we are assured of seeing the most inclusive and accessible games ever. With the first ever fully “sold-out” games and increased television coverage both here in the UK and worldwide it is truly shaping up to be an exciting time.