National Paralympic Day coming to the Olympic Park

By Rob Virtue on August 25, 2014 10:14 AM |

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Memories of 2012 will come flooding back this weekend as National Paralympic Day comes to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Taking place on Saturday it will see the Aquatics Centre and Copper Box in action for swimming, boccia, goalball and wheelchair basketball matches.

Gold medalist from the 2012 Games, Jessica Jane Applegate will be racing in the pool on the day, while the likes of GB co-captain Claire Griffiths will be battling it out on the basketball court.

Meeting fans and signing autographs at the Park will be sprinter Jonnie Peacock who won gold in the 100m two years ago.

Coinciding with the event is the Liberty Festival at the south of the Park, which will see free events showcasing the talents of deaf and disabled artists.

Prince Harry, who is behind next month's Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women, has thrown his support behind National Paralympic day.

He said: "Through my work with Invictus Games and in seeing ParalympicsGB in action at London 2012, I have seen first-hand how disability sport has the power to change and influence people's lives for the better.

"These men and women are not defined by their disabilities, but by their incredible sporting achievements. National Paralympic Day is another opportunity for the public to acknowledge this and hopefully be inspired by it."

The Earl of Wessex, a Royal Patron of the Paralympic Games, will attend the event.

Tickets to the Paralympic events cost £5. Go to axs.com/national-paralympic-day

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