National Paralympics Day 2013As excitement builds for National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival on Saturday August 30, a round-up of activity was released today to help visitors to get the most from their day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can enjoy a free, family-friendly festival, which will include: the very best of disability arts as part of the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival; opportunities to try out your favourite disability sport in the community sports area; and 
the chance to meet with Paralympic athletes at the ParalympicsGB tent. 

Tickets to watch elite international competition in the Copper Box Arena and the London Aquatics Centre are selling fast but there is still the opportunity to secure your place to cheer on GB athletes competing in Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball, Boccia and Swimming. Costing just £5, tickets are on sale at axs.com/national-paralympic-day.


For those who buy tickets to one of the two Swimming competitions on offer (10:00-12:00 and 17:00-19:00) a spectacular international racing programme will provide plenty of opportunity to cheer on your favourite stars. It is the first time since London 2012 that the London Aquatics Centre has hosted an international swimming competition and two years to the day that ParalympicsGB athletes first took to the podium in the iconic venue.


In the early afternoon and just after the first Swimming session (12:30-15:00) action will start in the Copper Box Arena. Spectators will be getting behind Great Britain’s BC3 Pairs team as they challenge Boccia World Champions Greece in what looks set to be one of the closest competitions of the day, and the GB women’s Goalball team face a duel against Belgium. National Paralympic Day will close with a fantastic finale as GB women’s Wheelchair Basketball team take on Paralympic bronze medallists The Netherlands in a thrilling evening showdown from 19:45 – 21:45.


Out in the Park, Paralympic stars Jonnie Peacock, Jody Cundy, Aled Davies and Stef Reid are among the London 2012 medallists who will be signing autographs and meeting fans while winter sport will be represented by ParalympicsGB’s most successful winter athletes Jade Etherington, Caroline Powell and Sochi gold medallist Charlotte Evans, who put their names in the record books with stunning performances at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games earlier this year.


These ‘Meet the Athletes’ sessions will take place at the ParalympicsGB hub. Paralympic athletes will be signing autographs and meeting fans in 30 minute slots which start at 12:30 and take place every hour after that, with the final session starting at 17:30. Visitors can find out about which athletes will be taking part on these sessions on the day, or by following the ParalympicsGB Twitter account for updates.


Several London and Sochi medallists will also be appearing on the Liberty Festival stage at 13:30, 15:00 and 17:10.
 
The Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival has become the country’s foremost showcase of Deaf and disabled artists over the last decade and is once again bringing a lively and eclectic line-up of live music, street theatre, dance, film and plenty of fun activities for children and families to enjoy – and all for free. More information about the line-up can be found at www.london.gov.uk/liberty.
 
Also for free are plenty of opportunities to get involved in sporting activity throughout the day. Everyone can try out different disability and inclusive sports such as wheelchair basketball, inclusive cycling, tennis and boccia. Representatives from disability sports project Motivate East will be on hand to provide advice about opportunities to take up sports or get involved in the local area.
National Paralympic Day is celebrated through the generous support of the charity, Spirit of 2012 (Spirit).

Spirit was established with an endowment of £47m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic village. It is investing in happiness; supporting those providing opportunities in sports, the arts and volunteering.


Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow are also gearing up to host celebrations for National Paralympic Day.


For more information about how to buy tickets and for details about regional events, people are encouraged to log on to paralympics.org.uk/npd2014 or 
http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/ 

Schedule of activity at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on National Paralympic Day:


10:00 – 12:00          
Swimming               ​​​          (Aquatics Centre)
12:30 – 15:00
          Boccia/Goalball         ​​          (The Copper Box)
12:30 – 13:00
          Meet the athletes                (Mandeville Place)
13:30 – 14:00
          Meet the athletes                (Mandeville Place)
14:30 – 15:00
          Meet the athletes                (Mandeville Place)
15:30 – 16:00
          Meet the athletes ​​               (Mandeville Place)
16:30 – 17:00
          Meet the athletes      ​​          (Mandeville Place)
17:00 – 19:00          
Swimming               ​​          (Aquatics Centre)
17:30 – 18:00
          Meet the athletes                (Mandeville Place)
19:45 – 21:45
          Wheelchair Basketball          (The Copper Box)