Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Wells has called on local residents to show their support for the Paralympics by joining celebrations for National Paralympic Day at Smithy Row in Nottingham on Saturday July 25.
Nottingham is one of three cities across the country which will be hosting the event, where people can enjoy free interactive and fun activities that replicate different aspects of Paralympic sport.
Fans can come along to Smithy Row from 10am – 5pm, where they’ll be encouraged to have a go and test their skills to learn more about some of the extraordinary talents of our Paralympic athletes, plus find out how they can get more active.
Sophie Wells will be on hand to meet and greet fans, while Q&A sessions will give people the chance to ask questions and pick up sporting tips from the top.
Wells, who won three medals in Equestrian at the London 2012 Games, was delighted to announce that Nottingham would be playing a key role in this year’s celebrations for National Paralympic Day.
She said: “Paralympic sport has so much to offer and I hope people will come along to get involved on National Paralympic Day. It’s a fun way to find out more about the different sports and understand some of the skills that British athletes have to master to go out there and compete with the world’s best.
“The people of Nottingham have done such a great job of supporting their athletes in the past, so I hope that people turn out on National Paralympic Day to get involved and to play their part in celebrating British sports and athletes.”
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, was very pleased to announce that Nottingham would play a key role in celebrations for 2015.
He said: “I’m delighted that we are taking celebrations for National Paralympic Day to Nottingham for the very first time.
“Anyone is welcome to come along and get involved, and it’s a great way for everyone to find out more about the sports that they’ll be watching in Rio in just over a year’s time. They can also enjoy meeting some of the athletes who made us so proud in those incredible days of sport that we witnessed during London 2012.”
National Paralympic Day is brought to Brighton, Nottingham and Plymouth by Spirit of 2012, a trust established by the Big Lottery Fund to recreate the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics. Spirit is committed to funding partners who help challenge perceptions of disability.
Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012’s Chief Executive, said: “The spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Paralympic Games is a huge inspiration to us and all that we do. I’m delighted that people in Nottingham will have the chance to experience it first-hand, meeting a ParalympicsGB medallist and getting the chance to try their hand at the sports themselves. With only a year to go until Rio, I hope National Paralympic Day will reignite the passion sparked by our winning London 2012 ParalympicsGB Team.”
In addition to the three regional events taking place on July 25, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London will light up the following day as National Paralympic Day joins up with The Liberty Festival to showcase the finest talent in disability sport and arts.
Paralympic heroes Ellie Simmonds, Ollie Hynd and Jessica-Jane Applegate are among the star names set to compete in the London Aquatics Centre, while GB athletes will also be looking to impress in the IPC Athletics Grand Prix final, hosted alongside all of the action for National Paralympic Day in the former Olympic Stadium.
Local sports clubs across the country can also get involved in celebrations by hosting their own event, whether that be a come and try session, a cake sale, or a Paralympic quiz.
For more information about the National Paralympic Day, people are encouraged to log on to www.paralympics.org.uk/npd2015.