September 02nd, 2012 | Tags: Paralympics, London 2012,

Paralympic inspirations

As of the time of going live with this blog post, the London 2012 Paralympic Games will be into its third day. Already the Games has captured the popular imagination, and it promises to be just as exciting and inspirational as the main Olympic Games which ended recently. Some of the finest sport skills are being demonstrated and world records are being shattered.

The stage was set for the spectacular opening of the Paralympic Games with the creation of the Games flame mainly by young scouts in the four home countries: England's flame was lit at the top of Scafell Pike in Cumbria, Wales' flame at Snowdon in Gwynedd, Scotland's flame at Ben Nevis in the Lochaber area and Northern Ireland's flame at Slieve Donard in County Down. The combination of teamwork and effort of the young scouts, plus disabled as well as non-disabled people, that it took to light the flames was symbolic of what it takes to be a Paralympic sports person.

From Land’s End to John O’Groats – the 2012 ‘London’ Olympics

The main focus of the 2012 Olympics is going to be the new Olympic Park in Stratford, London and the majority of venues are also going to be based in the city. There are three zones: the Olympic Zone, the River Zone and the Central Zone. This all sounds as if the Games are going to be London-centric. What about the rest of the country? Surely it’s not going to come to a standstill while London has its moment in the sun. Well it’s not! There are lots of things going on all around the country. From the Cultural Olympiad - a programme of cultural events across the UK - to ‘actual’ Olympic events outside of London.

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