London 2012 Paralympic Games, Olympic Stadium, Stratford

Date: 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, September 9, 2012 (All day)

Events:

Country: 
GB United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will hold from Wednesday August 29 to Sunday September 9, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

On Wednesday 22 August, with just one week to go to the Games, four Flames will be lit at the summit of the highest peaks of the four UK nations.

During the 24 hour Paralympic Torch Relay, the five team members will each carry their own Torch, passing the Flame between one another, as they complete their section of the Relay.

The Torch has been created to represent modernity and innovation, with a mirrored finish reflecting the light of the Flame and teams of Torchbearers that carry it.

The Flames will then be transferred to each nation’s capital city where they will each become the focus for a day of Paralympic celebrations.

On Tuesday 28 August the Flames will be united in Stoke Mandeville – the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement – to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.

At 8pm that evening, the Paralympic Flame will embark on its 24-hour Relay, with 116 teams of five Torchbearers set to carry the Flame on its journey to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The teams of Torchbearers have been selected through public nomination campaigns run by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury as well as the British Paralympic Association, and have been chosen for the way they represent the Paralympic Values.

They include five members of the UK’s first blind cricket team, five PE teachers from Davenant Foundation School nominated for their dedication to teaching Paralympic sports, and Argyle Bird, a 13-year-old from Hull who has not let his disability get in the way of him taking part in sport.

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