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  • London will welcome the world to the 2012 Games, from August 29 to September 9.

    The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be the biggest Paralympics yet, with 20 sports involving an estimated 4000 athletes from 163 competing nations.

    Paralympic sport venues will be spread across London in many different locations, including the Olympic Stadium and the ExCel Center, as well as the impressive Aquatics Centre and The Royal Artillery Barracks.

    London 2012
    London's Paralympic Heritage 

    The UK is considered to be the birthplace of the Paralympic Games and has a strong history in Paralympic sport. In 1948, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organised a wheelchair archery competition at Stoke Mandeville hospital for World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries. Four years later, competitors from the Netherlands joined and the International Paralympic Movement was born. In preparing for the 2012 Paralympics, London has been praised for venue readiness and accessibility.

    The UK has kept up its pioneering role in sport for athletes with disabilities and has staged many international events, including the World Swimming Championships and World Equestrian Championships (1994), as well as the World Athletics Championships (1998). At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, events for athletes with disabilities ran alongside the other competitions at the main venues.

    The City of London

    London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transport all contributing to its prominence. In 2012, London will become the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and 1948.

    Canada's Chef de mission

    Canada’s Chef de mission, Dr Gaetan Tardif, was announced on August 19th 2010, while the Assistant Chef de mission’s announcement, Elisabeth Walker-Young, was made on December 2nd 2010. The remaining 16 members of the Canadian Mission Staff Team were subsequently named on April 28th 2011. This group will lead, manage and support Team Canada in London.

    Media

    The London Games will be broadcast in Europe, with UK’s Channel 4 planning to broadcast over 150 hours of television coverage. Live web streaming and social media will play a big part in broadcasting news and updates for the Games.

  • London 2012 Promotional Video

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee wants you to join them in celebrating ohe London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games! Go Canada Go!