Paralympic gold medallist and recently crowned double World Champion Aled Davies is one of 10 athletes who have already signed up to attend the National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 7.
The news comes just days after the registration process opened for free tickets to attend the elite sports competitions that will be held in the Copper Box. Approximately 11,000 tickets went on sale across the three available sessions, with the vast majority of those tickets sold out within seven days of them becoming available.
Davies won Paralympic gold in the F42/44 Discus at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and last month won World Championships gold medals in F42 Discus and F44 Shot.
Speaking of his attendance, Davies said:
“London 2012 was the most incredible Paralympic Games and I have such fantastic memories of the time that I spent at the Olympic Park, be it in the stadium, in the Village or spending time with the fans who had come to cheer on the ParalympicsGB team. I cannot wait to come back to the Park on September 7 to re-live that amazing time in my life and to celebrate National Paralympic Day.
“National Paralympic Day is a great idea. It’s important that, outside a Paralympic Games, there are opportunities to showcase disability sport and that we can build on this interest to encourage people to get involved, whether that be through sporting participation, coaching and volunteering or by showing your support as a fan.”
Will Bayley, silver and bronze medallist in Table Tennis at London 2012, will take on Brazillian rival Paulo Salmin in the Copper Box as part of the celebrations for National Paralympic Day.
He said: “I can’t wait to compete in the Copper Box on September 7. I know that all of us have such special memories of London 2012, and National Paralympic Day promises to be a fantastic occasion for us to bring lots of sports together and celebrate all things Paralympic. As we continue our progress to Rio it’s really exciting to have another opportunity to compete in front of a home crowd and I hope they’re ready to show their support!”
The Paralympic medallists will be joined on the day by several more Paralympians who have also already signed up to attend the London event on September 7. They include:
- London 2012 Paralympic silver medallist in Boccia, David Smith;
- London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist in Table Tennis, Aaron McKibbin
- Two-time Paralympian and current World Champion in Javelin from the recent World Championships in Lyon, Hollie Arnold;
- Paralympian and newly-crowned four-time Swimming World Champion Amy Marren
- Paralympian in Swimming, Charlotte Henshaw
- Paralympian in Powerlifting, Ali Jawad
- Paralympian in Powerlifting, Natalie Blake
- Paralympian in Athletics, Jamie Carter
The Paralympic athletes will participate in a range of activities both inside the Copper Box and on the Park, including appearances on the main Liberty stage and autograph signings. Their involvement in the various elements of the day, including the come-and-try sessions in the north of the park and Liberty festival, will ensure that members of the public who attend on the day but who haven’t been able to secure a ticket will still have an opportunity to engage with Paralympic athletes.
No tickets are required for visitors who are looking to access the Olympic Park to experience the atmosphere, try different sports and enjoy the Liberty Festival.
National Paralympic day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival will be the grand finale to a thrilling summer of celebrations marking the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Artists and performers will also appear as part of the Mayor’s Liberty Festival, the popular annual showcase of Deaf and disabled artists. Amongst the highlights will be “The Limbless Knight”, an inspiring aerial and sway performance from award-winning theatre company Graeae, whose artistic director Jenny Sealey co-directed last year’s Paralympic Opening Ceremony. There will also be a special appearance from Andrea Begley, who won the audience vote on BBC TV series “The Voice”.
National Paralympic Day featuring the Liberty Festival is brought to you by Mayor of London, British Paralympic Association and London Legacy Development Corporation. For further details visit: www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk