Paralympics 2012

By Cindy
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Great Britain’s Claire Cashmore

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The London 2012 Paralympics kicked off last night, an event that was last seen in the UK back in 1948. The Paralympics are for disabled athletes who will take part in the worlds largest multinational sporting event in the world of disabled sports.

Watching these athletes in action is truly awe inspiring with the dedication these athletes have and how they have overcome their obstacles. Something I admire and believe teach us all something about life. A fan favorite event starts today, the swimming portion. Held at the London’s Aquatic Center, the custom swimming pool will accomodate for the disabled swimmers from all over the world.

The International Olympic Committee says that London 2012 will enable the country to provide facilities and services for elite athletes, as well as encouraging participation in sport well after the 2012 Games are over.

The Paralympic Games in London will have 11 events within the main Olympic Park in Stratford – including, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair fencing, archery, football, track cycling and wheelchair tennis. Power lifting, judo, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball will all take place at the nearby ExCeL Center, equestrian events at Greenwich Park and shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

The London event is on track to be the most-watched Paralympics ever, with 2.5 million tickets expected to be sold by the time it ends Sept. 9.

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