Our team representatives will be: ELoH founders Sarah Hope and Victoria Bacon, Trustee Bronwen Hinton, Treasurer Jennie Evans and Prosthetics and Human Rights Advisor Pippa Wilkinson.
Read more in a blog post below, written by Pippa Wilkinson:
It seemed fitting to write a few words on the forthcoming Paralympics, as with 100 days to go until the start of the Paralympic torch relay, the names of the Paralympic Torchbearers were announced yesterday (15th May 2012).
A team of five Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH) representatives, including myself have been honoured to be nominated as Torchbearers.
The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be held between 29th August and 9th September this summer. They were the dream of Dr Ludwig Guttmann of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, who organised the 1948 International Wheelchair Games for those injured during World War II, coinciding with the 1948 London Olympics. The first Paralympic Games were held in 1960 in Rome, with 400 athletes from 23 countries.
Since then, the Paralympics have gone from strength to strength, and will return to their birthplace in London this year, as a record 4,200 athletes from 160 countries compete across 20 events. Like the Olympics, the Paralympics also have a winter equivalent, which will next take place in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
The Paralympic Torch Relay, which the five of us will participate in, will take place between 24th and 29th August. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales will celebrate by each lighting a national Flame. The four Flames will then be united at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville, creating the London Paralympic Flame. From there, the Torchbearers will carry the Flame in teams of five from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium, ultimately lighting the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
The opening ceremony on 29th August will feature deaf and disabled artists, injured soldiers and former Paralympic athletes. Artistic director, Bradley Hemmings, said: “We want to transform the perception of disabled people in this country and globally.” These comments could be transposed on to the Paralympic Games as a whole. As Bradley says, “…it is a show that is full of humanity and heart…”