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- 07 July 2014 00:00
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National Paralympic Day is set to return to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford later this year when the prestigious event takes place on Saturday, August 30.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, a day of celebrations will take place across the country, including a free family festival on the Park showcasing the very best in disability sports and arts from 12pm-6pm.
The event, which will feature alongside the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, will also see elite disabled swimmer compete at the London Aquatics Centre for the first time since the 2012 Paralympics Games.
Around 10 ParalympicsGB medalists from London 2012 are set to return to the water at the Aquatics Centre for two thrilling sessions of racing while the stars of Boccia, Goalball and wheelchair basketball will be in action across the Park at the Copper Box Arena.
Tickets for these events and for the swimming sessions are now on sale and cost just £5 per person.
"With Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park now transformed and fully open, National Paralympic Day will be even better than last year's successful event,” said the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
"Whether you are disabled or not, we're putting on a fantastic line-up of top flight sporting action as well as some brilliant arts and performance. It's going to be one of the best events this summer.”
Plenty of free, family friendly activities and entertainment will be taking place across the Park, including the chance to try out different disability and inclusive sports such as wheelchair basketball, inclusive cycling, tennis and boccia.
Representatives from community groups and disability sports project Motivate East will be on hand to provide advice about opportunities to take up sports or get involved in the local area.
Meanwhile the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, the hugely popular annual showcase of Deaf and disabled artists, will again be bringing an exciting line-up of street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children's activities.
Elsewhere Moxie Brawl, who will be evoking the spirit of the 1940s; Deaf Men Dancing, whose duet 'Nettle Dance', takes its inspiration from artists Gilbert and George; singer Ren Harvieu, acclaimed for her top five album 'Through the Night'; a special digital music making experience from Heart n Soul; and 'The Gift', an immersive sound installation from Jez Colborne and Mind the Gap.
"Thousands of families enjoyed a day of disability sport and culture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013 and we’re thrilled to be hosting an even bigger and better event this year,” said Paralympic wheelchair racing icon Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who is a London Legacy Development Corporation Board Member.
"Events like this are vital to ensuring that the momentum from the London 2012 Paralympic Games continues to inspire disabled and non-disabled people to take up sport, try arts and make the most of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
Presented by the Mayor of London, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association, National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival is generously supported by the charity, Spirit of 2012 (Spirit) and Arts Council England.
Spirit was established by the Big Lottery Fund last year, with an endowment of £46m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic village.
It is working to ensure the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Games can be felt by everyone, everywhere.
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