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London 2012 Paralympic Games

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The London 2012 Paralympic Games

The fifteenth Paralympics and will take place between 29 August and 9 September 2012 in London, United Kingdom.

Even though 2012 will be London's third Olympic Games, it will be the first Paralympic Games to be staged there, as the event was created after the last time the city hosted in 1948.

2012 Organizing Committee

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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.

See the full Committee list at London 2012 Olympic Games page.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (Born 26 Jul 1969, Cardiff, Wales), is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK and has competed in events over a wide range of distances. During her career, she has won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records, and won the London Marathon six times between 1997 and 2002.

Athlete's Committee

Paralympic representatives

  • Ade Adepitan MBE – Paralympian

Ade Adepitan (born 27 March 1973 Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Aileen McGlynn OBE – Paralympian

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

29th August 2012 - 8.30 pm

"The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Paralympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony will include more than 3,000 adult volunteers, a children volunteer cast of over 100, and 100-plus professionals. In a groundbreaking, inclusive staging, the Ceremony will showcase the excellence of deaf and disabled artists and will open with a fly past by Aerobility, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots."

  • Bradley Hemmings Artistic Director of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

He is the Artistic Director of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals, an organisation with a national and international reputation. He has broken new ground in outdoor performance and is at the forefront of the development of a new body of outdoor work by deaf and disabled artists.

  • Jenny Sealey Artistic Director of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony

She is Artistic Director of Graeae, the UK’s flagship disabled-led theatre company. Her career has spanned 20 years' working with Deaf and disabled artists, and in 2009 she was awarded an MBE for services to disability arts.

Margaret Maughan lit the Paralympic flame at the 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony.

Closing Ceremony

9th September 2012

"The Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements of athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and includes a Handover from one Host City to the next. In 2012, London will hand over to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Paralympic Games. The Closing Ceremony also features the extinguishing of the Paralympic Flame, signalling the end of the Games".

A-Z of Paralympic classification

List of multiple Paralympic gold medalists

See also

List of IOC country codes

Paralympic Torch Relay

For full listings of Events and results see -

Events and Results

The various events and results are listed on separate pages:

Cycling - Road and Track


Page 1. for the following disciplines -

  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-side
  • Football 7-a-side
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Powerlifting

Page 2. for the following disciplines:

  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis

London ‪2012 Paralympic Games‬ - Events and Results: Athletics

Women's Events and Results

Men's Events and Results

BBC's 10 to Watch

  1. Dave Weir (GBR)
  2. Tatyana McFadden (USA)
  3. Hannah Russell (GBR)
  4. Jon-Allen Butterworth (GBR)
  5. Oscar Pistorius (RSA)
  6. Aaron Phipps (GBR)
  7. Esther Vergeer (NED)
  8. Ben Quilter (GBR) Judo
  9. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) Sailing
  10. Will Bayley (GBR) Table Tennis

Famous Paralympians

Host cities

  • 1960 I Summer Paralympics Rome, Italy
  • 1964 II Summer Paralympics Tokyo, Japan
  • 1968 III Summer Paralympics Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1972 IV Summer Paralympics Heidelberg, West Germany
  • 1976 V Summer Paralympics Toronto, Canada
  • 1980 VI Summer Paralympics Arnhem, Netherlands
  • 1984 VII Summer Paralympics Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom; New York, United States III Winter Paralympics Innsbruck, Austria

In 1984 the games were held in two separate locations, Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom (wheelchair athletes with spinal cord injuries) and in the Mitchel Athletic Complex and Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, United States of America (wheelchair and ambulatory athletes with cerebral palsy, amputees, and les autres (the others) conditions as well as blind and visually impaired athletes)

  • 1988 VIII Summer Paralympics Seoul, South Korea
  • 1992 IX Summer Paralympics Barcelona, Spain
  • 1996 X Summer Paralympics Atlanta, United States
  • 2000 XI Summer Paralympics Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 XII Summer Paralympics Athens, Greece
  • 2008 XIII Summer Paralympics Beijing, China
  • 2012 XIV Summer Paralympics London, United Kingdom
  • 2016 XV Summer Paralympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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