23 August 2012

It's not over yet

A TEAM of five Hackney sports enthusiasts will be among 580 inspirational torch bearers who will bring the Paralympic flame to London, and through Hackney, in time for Wednesday's opening ceremony.

The torch will be carried through the six host boroughs, as part of its final leg into the Olympic stadium on 29 August.

The relay starts on 24 August, with the lighting of four separate flames in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. They will be used to create a single Paralympic flame at the lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandeville hospital, Buckinghamshire, birthplace of the first ever wheelchair Games in 1948. The flame is then carried overnight to London, arriving in Mare Street at about 5.50pm.

The Paralympic Games opening ceremony, which gets underway at 8.30pm, will be a spectacular celebration of human achievement, co-devised by Jenny Sealey – artistic director of Graeae, the UK’s flagship disabled-led theatre which is based in Hackney – and director Bradley Hemmings.

The borough will also be represented at the ceremony by pupils from Millfields school.

The Paralympic Games are the second largest global sporting event after the Olympics, involving 4,200 athletes competing in 21 disciplines. To mark their arrival in London, the Council is inviting residents to get into the Paralympic spirit with four days of free sporting activity for all at Hackney Downs Park, E5, from 30 August to 2 September.

Sessions run from 12noon to 4pm, with a range of Paralympic sports including wheelchair basketball, badminton and tennis, as well as athletics and boccia.

Anyone over seven is welcome to take part. Participants can register on the day at the pavillion close to the children’s playground.

For more information about the sessions, contact Thomas Smith: on: 020 8356 3896; or e-mail: thomas.smith@hackney.gov.uk

A record 2.1million tickets have been sold for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, more than ever before in the event’s history.

Many events have sold out, but there are still tickets available at:

To find out more about the Paralympic Games, visit:

The Paralympic Games will feature sports such as wheelchair rugby

The Paralympic Games will feature sports such as wheelchair rugby

The Paralympic Games will feature sports such as wheelchair rugby


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