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SPort London’s Paralympic Games begin

World-renowned scientist and physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has made a rare pub- lic appearance to help mark the launch of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Opening Ceremony

– created by co-artistic direc- tors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings – focused on the scientific advances across history that have challenged human perceptions. In a series of statements

that formed part of the event, Professor Hawking called for a “new age of enlightenment” as the two-week period of Paralympic competition started. Athletes from 164 Paralympic teams will

Te Olympic rings have been replaced by Agitos, the Paralympic symbol Two additional venues have now been pro-

be participating in the London 2012 Games, which are set to be the largest of their kind ever held during the Games’ 52-year history. LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe said: “Prepare

to be inspired. Prepare to be dazzled. Prepare to be moved by the Paralympic Games.” • A “huge transitional operation” has been

undertaken by LOCOG following the conclu- sion of the Olympic Games in order to prepare for the Paralympic Games. Among the preparation work carried out by

LOCOG has been the transformation of the Athletes’ Village from a complex housing more than 10,000 Olympic athletes to one catering for 4,280 Paralympians in just five days.

vided – Eton Manor at the Olympic Park is to host Wheelchair Tennis and temporary train- ing pools for swimming events and Brands Hatch, the motorsports venue and host of Paralympic Road Cycling. Meanwhile, 17 Olympic venues are no longer

needed following their Olympic use and will be returned to public use – including Horse Guards Parade, Hadleigh Farm, Lord’s and the Lee Valley White Water Centre. • LOCOG has also released 100,000 non-

event tickets for people to visit the Olympic Park during the Paralympic Games. A further 40,000 event tickets were also put

on sale, with around 2.3 million tickets sold for the Games – more than any previous event. Details:

EFDS unveils new participation campaign

A new campaign to promote participation at all levels – Pass Te Baton – was unveiled by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) ahead of the Paralympic Games. The organisation said it

hoped the increased interest in the Games will establish an inclusive legacy for disabled people aſter the event reaches its end on 9 September. Nine London Underground

and three Newcastle Metro stations will host the poster element of the campaign in order to empha- sise the availability of sport for all. Meanwhile, participants can sign up to a

Te Pass Te Baton campaign aims to promote sport as accessible to all

a fantastic opportunity to motivate more dis- abled people in sport. “So while you celebrate the achievements of

fundraising event or register online for infor- mation on sport and exercise programmes. EFDS chief executive Barry Horne said: “We know the London 2012 Paralympic Games is

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