After the phenomenal success of the spectacular London Olympic Games, the countdown to the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics on August 29th is now on.
Four Paralympic flames have been lit at the top of the highest mountain peaks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to create the flames in time for next week’s Games which will put Britain right back in the media spotlight again.
The flames are being carried down the four peaks – Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Scafell Pike in Cumbria, England, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Scotland’s most famous mountain Ben Nevis – before the celebrations begin in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. There will also be a relay from Stoke Mandeville.
London Olympics chief Lord Coe told the BBC, "We wanted to focus on human endeavour and team work and that’s why, from Stoke Mandeville – the spiritual home of the Paralympic Games – into the Paralympic Stadium, we are going to have a 24-hour relay."
The dates for the individual events are:
Archery Dates: August 30 – September 5
Athletics Dates: August 31 – September 9
Boccia Dates: September 2 – September 8
Cycling Dates: August 30 – September 2 (track), September 5-September 8 (road)
Equestrian Dates: August 30 – September 4
Football five-a-side Dates: August 31 – September 8
Goalball Dates: August 30 – September 7
Judo Dates: August 30 – September 1
Powerlifting Dates: August 30 – September 5
Rowing Dates: August 31 – September 2
Sailing Dates: September 1 – September 6
Shooting Dates: August 30 – September 4
Sitting volleyball Dates: August 30 – September 8
Swimming Dates: August 30 – September 8
Table Tennis Dates: August 30 – September 8
Wheelchair Basketball Dates: August 30 – September 8
Wheelchair Fencing Dates: September 4 – September 8
Wheelchair Rugby Dates: September 5 – September 9
Wheelchair Tennis Dates: September 1 – September 8
For full details of the events and the running medals tally, visit www.paralympics.org.uk/gb. To keep up to the minute on all the excitement, follow @ParalympicsGB who’ll be Tweeting about the medal wins and highlights as and when they happen.
British Airways, the official airline partner for the Olympics and Paralympics said it was flying in teams from 25 countries for the Games. BA is currently running a Go After The Games Sale and to qualify, flights must be booked by 25th September 2012.
For more on how British Airways is supporting the British athletes, visit www.britishairways.com