2012 Days to go to The London Paralympic Games
For the first time, both the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will have been planned and designed together from the start. London 2012 is the first Organising Committee to integrate planning in this way.
“The Paralympic Games is one of the world’s most exciting and inspiring sporting events and experiences for elite athletes, and we want to ensure that our Games in London are the best ever” said Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012. “We want to set new standards on and off the track, and be a catalyst for continued change for public attitudes towards disability. The Paralympic Games will be a huge festival of sport with the whole of the world watching events such as Boccia, Goalball, Wheelchair Tennis and Wheelchair Rugby. The Games will leave a lasting legacy as well with the building of a new tennis centre in the north of the Olympic Park. We will provide a compact and inclusive Paralympic Games with high quality accessible venues, transport services and excellent Village facilities for athletes as well as for team and technical officials.”
Tessa Jowell, the Cabinet Minister with responsibility for the Paralympic Games, said: “Paralympic sport has its roots in the UK, so I am especially delighted this terrific worldwide event is coming to the UK for the first time in 2012. And given our proud history, it’s not surprising we have so many successful Paralympic athletes. Consistent medal-winning performances make the GB team an inspiration to young disabled athletes across the country. It is to them we look as we count down the 2012 days to the start of the London Paralympic Games.”
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: “2012 days from now we want to welcome the world’s elite Paralympians to the city that has made the most progress in making itself accessible to people with disabilities. The improvements to our capital in the lead up to 2012 will help disabled Londoners maximise opportunities to participate in the Games and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.”
President of the British Paralympic Association and London Organising Committee board member Mike Brace said: “The London Games are a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a sporting legacy for Britain’s disabled people and we hope that following the Games every person in the country with a physical or sensory impairment will have to opportunity to participate in sport. The British Paralympic Association is committed to providing a world class environment for our athletes to thrive in and we will be looking to maintain our position as one of the world’s leading Paralympic nations.”
The bulk of London’s Paralympic venues are set in two zones - the Olympic Park Zone and the River Zone. The two zones are within 15 minutes of each other, leading to one of the most compact Games ever, minimising travel times and disruption for Paralympians.
All Paralympic athletes will be housed within the Athletes’ Village set within the Olympic Park which has been designed to be fully accessible from the outset. Paralympic sailors and rowers will have accommodation close to their competition venues in Weymouth and Eton Dorney but will also have a bed available within the village if required.
Outside the two zones, road cycling will take place in Regent’s Park in central London, the new sport of adaptive rowing in Eton Dorney, which hosted a successful rowing world championships last August, and sailing at Weymouth and Portland.