Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The London 2012 Paralympics are here!

Tower Bridge welcomes the Paralympics

With the London 2012 Paralympics now only one day away, here's a quick look at how you can get involved in the games.

The Paralympic Torch visits Hackney

The Paralympic Torch will be coming to Hackney tomorrow, Wednesday 29th August. It will enter the borough along Mare Street just after 6pm and make its way to Hackney Town Hall where it will be greeted by Mayor Jules Pipe. The Town Hall Square will be welcomed by live entertainment and will then continue on to London Fields Lido, where the US Paralympic swimming team have been training.

From there it will make its way onto the Paralympic opening ceremony taking place at the Olympic Stadium later that evening. One of the two co-artistic directors of the Paralympics Opening ceremony is Jenny Sealey, artistic director at Graeae, the UK's flagship disabled-led theatre which is based on Kingsland Road by the Geffrye Museum.

The Paralympic Games

The games themselves start in earnest on Thursday. More tickets have been sold for this Paralympics than ever before, however there are still tickets left for some events - visit the London 2012 tickets website to find out more.

If you prefer to watch the action on a big screen, Trafalgar Square is the place to go with a London Live screen showing the action for the whole of the games. Channel 4 is the official paralympics broadcaster.

The Council will be running four days of Paralympic sport taster sessions at Hackney Downs Park from 30 August to 2 September. Anyone over seven can take part, and sessions run from 12 noon to 4pm under the supervision of trained and experienced local coaches. Sports on offer include wheelchair basketball, tennis and badminton, as well as athletics and boccia. Register on the day at the pavilion by the children's playground on Hackney Downs, E5. Find out more here.

Transport disruption is not expected to be as significant as during the Olympic games but a limited Games lane network will still operate. For more details on this and other transport issues visit Get Ahead of the Games.

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