Paralympic Officials from Great Britain continue to be displeased as the track and field timetable continues to run behind schedule. This meant that some of the supporters of David Weir missed his ‘spectacular’ triumph in the 5,000 m wheelchair race as it began more than 30 minutes late.
“We have fed our concerns to Locog as we want things to run to time…It would have been better for David Weir to compete in front of 80,000 fans, not 75,000.”.
David Weir MBE , born on the 5th of June 1979, is an elite Paralympic wheelchair athlete from London, England who represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games this year.
Weir represented Sutton in Wheelchair Athletics at the London Youth Games which was one of his first achievements as an athlete. In April 2008 he won his third London Marathon in a row which was his fourth marathon to participate in. His Paralympic career began in the Summer Paralympic Games of 2004 where he won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, the following Paralympic year David Weir won 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze metal for team GB at Beijing in 2008. Only two days ago, Weir began his medal haul winning the 2012 Summer Paralympics 5,000 metres at the Olympic Stadium in London. ’David Weir currently holds the British record at all track distances up to 5,000 m, as well as on the road at 10 km, half marathon, and marathon.’
”One of the best wheelchair athletes in the world Britain’s top wheelchair racer”.
Described by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
As you may know by now, David Weir was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. In addition to this great achievement, Weir joined Lucozade Sport as an Ambassador in 2007 and a patron for the 2012 London Youth Games Hall of Fame alongside Zoe Smith.Read More
Natalia Partyka will be competing in Table Tennis tonight at 7:30pm (GMT) and it has been stated that this match is amongst the others that should not be missed. Born on the 27th July 1989, the polish table-tennis player has defied all odds, competing with able bodied athletes as well as athletes with disabilities despite the fact that she has had no right hand and forearm since birth.
In 1999, Partyka won her first international table tennis medal at the disabled World Championships. The following year, her Paralympic career begun, as she competed at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. Although, an excellent experience for Natalia Partyka, she won no medals that year. Her luck soon changed in the following Paralympic games of 2004 hosted in Athens as she won a gold medal in the singles table tennis event and a silver medal in the team event. That same year, Partyka won two gold medals at the International Table Tennis Federation European Championships for Cadets.
To the surprise of many, Natalia Partyka competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics of 2008 hosted in Beijing, being one of only two people to do so. These were her 1st Olympic Games and 3rd Paralympic Games and she made Poland proud yet again at the Paralympic Games by winning Gold in class 10, by defeating Fan Lei who represented China. In total, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics thus repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
The Games of London 2012, Partyka competed in the Women’s singles table tennis in the Olympic Games and is also competing in the Paralympic games yet again. There are high hopes for Natalia Partyka; she has a lot of potential to exceed her achievements of the last Olympic Games. Do not miss her match these evening, you never know maybe this time world records will be broken.
‘The curtain raiser to the 2012 Paralympic Games was one of Channel 4′s most watched shows with an average of 7.6m tuning in.’
The Paralympics opening ceremony of London 2012 attracted an average audience of approximately 8 million viewers which made it one of the most watched shows on Channel 4 in 30 years.
Wednesday night marked the beginning of the 11-day London 2012 Paralympic Games with an average of 7.6 million viewers between 8pm and it’s later than expected finish of 12.20am.
“Last night’s opening ceremony was a spectacular start to the London 2012 Paralympic Games and I’m delighted that so many viewers enjoyed it with us. It kicks off eleven days of great sporting coverage on Channel 4.”
Channel 4′s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt.
The ceremony started in a truly spectacular way with a fly-past over the Olympic Stadium by a light aircraft covered with bright blue lights. The pilot of the aircraft, trained to fly by the charity Aerobilty, was former Army Lance Corporal Dave Rawlins, whose right leg was shattered during an operation in Afghanistan.
Amongst the many highlights of the evening was the ‘mesmerising dancing of double amputee David Toole’ who ages 48, was born with a severe leg deformity which led to the amputation of both of his legs at just 18 months old in order to give him greater mobility.
Toole worked as a postman in Leeds for nearly 10 years before he was invited to join Candoco, a professional company of disabled and non-disabled dancers where he went on world tours with many different shows and ‘forged’ a successful career as an actor.
Another spectacular moment was the entrance of the Paralympic torch into the Olympic Stadium, where torchbearer Joe Townsend, a Royal Marine and also a double amputee, descended a zip-wire from a 350ft-high ArcelorMittal Orbit tower to the base of the Paralympic cauldron. Joe Townsend, aged 24, lost both of his legs when he mistakenly stepped on an make-shift explosive device whilst on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2008.
The final torchbearer of the night, who used the flame to light the Paralympics cauldron, was Margaret Maughan aged 84 , was the First Gold medallist to represent Britain at the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960, where she came first in women’s Archery. Maughan went on to compete in four more Paralympics Games, winning three gold medals.Read More
The London Paralympic games are said to follow the same ‘ inspiring’ theme as the Olympics. The opening ceremony,called ‘Enlightenment’ ,celebrates Britain’s science and discovery history. Nicola Miles Wildin, who is a disabled actress will play Miranda, the central character from the Bard’s last play. Guiding the audience through the spectacle, she will kick off the proceedings with the immortal lines: “O wonder! How many goodly creatures there are here!
“How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in’t!”
Nicola expressed her feelings saying : “I’m so excited to be playing the role of Miranda. The show will celebrate the amazing athletes and the arts as well as showing how talented and diverse this country is. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The ceremony will start with a flypast by Aerobility, a charity that trains disabled people in becoming pilots. With an expected global TV audience of a billion, it is set to be a quite spectacle. Another highly anticipated part of the show is a circus act, to be performed by disabled performers and rehabilitating soldiers.
- ‘Olympic Games have finally arrived’ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/uk-sport/2012/08/29/final-countdown-to-paralympic-games-2/
With a mix of classical and dance music, the spectacular will also pay special tribute to the achievements of Professor Stephen Hawking and discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton, which will be acted out by a a 3,000+ cast of volunteers. Artistic directors Jenny Sealey and Bradley Hemmings were honoured to have the job of directing the show and stated they were determined to make Britain proud. “We want our ceremony to be both spectacular and deeply human,” they said in a statement.
IPC President, Sir Philip Craven said: “The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games is always a magical occasion and I’m extremely impressed with what London has prepared.”
Organisers have announced yesterday that on Sunday 9th September, the last day of the games, a nationwide celebration of music will be held, and musicians across the country will play their own versions of Coldplay’s hit Viva La Vida at exactly 2pm, with outdoor community concerts taking place all at once across the UK. Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Festival said: “The Bandstand Marathon is encouraging local music groups to showcase talents and be part of the London 2012 Festival.
The ceremony will be streamed live tonight at 8:00pm on Channel 4, More4 and Ch4 Paralympics 1. We will be watching, make sure you tune in for an awesome show!
On Monday , the curtains will fall on the Olympic Games of 2012 and it has been a magnificent two weeks of sport in London. The Games of this summer are the starting points of the numerous debates and discussions on whether the London Games were better than those in Sydney? Who proved themselves to be a more outstanding athlete, Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps?
Despite what the critics say about the commercialisation of the Olympic Games, at the center of it all, the purpose of the Olympics is to act as a celebration of human sporting achievement. There are other ways to look at this as well; the entire world stood in marvel as they saw what our ‘fellow humans’ are capable of. Numerous world and Olympic records set proved that talent is ever evolving, no two Olympic Games are alike, in fact it seems as though there is a rise in talented people across the board , increasing the difficulty in achieving greatly as everyone’s standards have increased greatly.
The performance of the host nation seemed to start off slow, but soon picked up its pace, collecting gold medals with ease, captivating the athletes, the British public (adding to their joy) and atmosphere of celebration that ‘lifted the entire Olympic Games’. As a nation what have we gained from hosting the Olympics? The experience. Thousands of people all across the United Kingdom had the once in a lifetime opportunity to participate somehow in the Summer Games ,whether it be as a volunteer in the opening ceremony or watching the torch relay pass their village or town. These experiences are what the people of Britain will cherish the most, not just the achievement of the number of Gold medals but the sense of pride and unity as they became part of the Games in the Olympic Games of 2012 hosted in London.
When the Games finally come to an end on Monday,the British public can look back with pride and satisfaction at what they were able to accomplish over the past two weeks as well as join other nations as they look forward to the next ‘gathering of Olympic nations’ in the Summer Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janerio.Read More