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- 11 July 2014 00:00
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National Paralympic Day extends across the nation as Birmingham and Liverpool pledge their support
National Paralympic Day has extended across the nation as Birmingham and Liverpool have joined London in organising a special day of activities to celebrate the event on Saturday August 30.
Plans were recently announced for National Paralympic Day to return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford after a successful event last year but the celebrations now look set to grow dramatically with Birmingham and Liverpool now getting involved.
Celebrations will take place in Birmingham at Centenary Square with Liverpool’s activity set to take place at Liverpool One.
Both events will run from 11.00-17.00 on National Paralympic Day as the cities host a range of free activities that the whole family can get involved in and enjoy.
The activities will replicate aspects of Paralympic sport and encourage people to test their skills while there will also be opportunities to meet and greet Paralympic stars and attend Q&A sessions with them where the public will have the chance to pick up tips from the top.
"I’m delighted that we have been able to build on the fantastic success of last year’s inaugural event and increase the opportunities for people to get involved with National Paralympic Day by taking the celebrations to Birmingham and Liverpool,” said British Paralympic Association CEO Tim Hollingsworth.
"We hope that the public will enjoy the day and do Birmingham and Liverpool proud.”
Paralympic discuss champion Dan Greaves has encouraged people in Birmingham to show their support for ParalympicsGB by coming along to Centenary Square on Saturday August 30.
"Birmingham is a city of sports fans and everyone did a great job of supporting ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and Sochi 2014,” said Greaves.
"I would really encourage people to come along on August 30 with their friends and family to see what is going on, learn more about Paralympic sport and maybe try a few things which will give them more of an idea of what it’s like to compete as an elite Paralympic athlete.”
Meanwhile local Liverpool athlete Abdi Jama, a member of the wheelchair basketball team that claimed bronze at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics and now captain of the GB men’s team, also gave his support to the event.
"It’s really exciting that National Paralympic Day is being celebrated in Liverpool this year.
"It’s a great opportunity for people to find out more about all of the different Paralympic sports and see what it takes to be a Paralympic athlete, maybe even to test some of their own skills!
"I want to see a great show of support from my hometown, so I’d encourage everyone to put the date in their diaries and head on down to Liverpool One on Saturday August 30 to see what’s happening and get involved.”
National Paralympic Day is brought to Birmingham and Liverpool through the generous support of the charity, Spirit of 2012 (Spirit).
Spirit was established by the Big Lottery Fund last year, with an endowment of £46m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic village.
"We are thrilled to support National Paralympic Day,” said Spirit CEO Debbie Lye.
"It is an event that can capture the public’s imagination, promoting positive and engaging role models for young disabled athletes, and showcasing achievements that challenge limited perceptions of what it means to be disabled.”
Elsewhere Glasgow will celebrate National Paralympic Day with a winter sport focus, while the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London will be buzzing as National Paralympic Day joins up with The Liberty Festival to showcase the finest talent in disability sport and arts.
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