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National Paralympic Day to be held

Britain's first National Paralympic Day takes place at the home of the London 2012 Games.

The sport and community festival event is being staged at east London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Wheelchair racer David Weir, who won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, is looking forward to returning to the park to relive the magic of the Games.

He said: "I got to race in the park almost every day of London 2012 so it will be amazing to be back there this weekend, once again celebrating with the British public."

Sophie Christiansen, a three-time Paralympic equestrian champion at London 2012, Paralympic discus gold medallist and recently crowned discus and shot putt world champion Aled Davies, and swimmer Ollie Hynd are among the line-up of Paralympic athletes set to attend.

Christiansen, who said she is looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere, said: "I think it's really exciting that we have the opportunity to celebrate National Paralympic Day for the first time. At London 2012, the country showed its love for Paralympic sport and the sale of tickets for National Paralympic Day has proved the continued interest and support."

Davies said: "It's important that, outside a Paralympic Games, there are opportunities to showcase disability sport and that we can build on this interest to encourage people to get involved, whether that be through sporting participation, coaching and volunteering or by showing your support as a fan."

National Paralympic Day combines elite, international Paralympic sport matches in the Copper Box arena with the disability sport participation programme Time to Shine plus a cultural and arts event called the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival.

It is curated by Bradley Hemmings, one of the artistic directors of the acclaimed London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, and will bring deaf and disability arts to the park, including street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children's activities.

The Paralympic sports of boccia, table tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball are set to be showcased.


From Belfast Telegraph