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National Paralympic Day 2014 will be another incredible showcase for disability sport says BPA CEO
British Paralympic Association (BPA) CEO Tim Hollingsworth says National Paralympic Day 2014 on Saturday August 30 will provide another incredible opportunity for communities across the UK to engage with disability sport.
This year will see National Paralympic Day return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford after a successful event last year but the celebrations are set to expand dramatically with Birmingham and Liverpool set to stage further celebration festivals at Centenary Square and at Liverpool One respectively.
In addition Glasgow, the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will celebrate National Paralympic Day with a winter sport focus.
"I’m delighted we are able to build on the fantastic success of last year’s event and increase the opportunities for people to get involved with National Paralympic Day by taking the celebrations to Birmingham and Liverpool for the first time,” Hollingsworth told Community Sport Network.
"National Paralympic Day will be another incredible opportunity for communities across the UK to engage with disability sport as fans enjoy fantastic sport and to engage with our amazing athletes.
"We are confident that the public will enjoy the day as much this year as they did in 2013.”
The key focus of National Paralympic Day is set to be on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the obvious highlight of the celebrations set to be at the iconic London Aquatics Centre where elite international swimmers compete in the venue for the first time since it was reconfigured following the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The stellar line-up includes reigning Paralympic and World Champion in the women's 200m freestyle S14 Jessica-Jane Applegate and Hollingsworth feels the addition of the elite action at the London Aquatics Centre will make the event extra special.
"The day will have plenty for visitors to enjoy, but it is particularly fantastic to be returning to the London Aquatics Centre to enjoy the swimming and cheer on British athletes, much in the same way that we supported them during those incredible days of London 2012,” he said.
"This is an incredibly exciting moment for many of us who watched our Paralympic swimmers do so well at London 2012.
"National Paralympic Day is the first opportunity we will have to see them back in action in the London Aquatics Centre that was such a centrepiece of the London Games.
"What is more, we will have will be the stars of Boccia, Goalball and wheelchair basketball on show on the Park as they compete at the Copper Box Arena so I am sure it will be a truly special day for the public to really engage with and embrace disability sport yet again.”
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