Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, describes the day as “a fantastic finale to an electric summer of sport, culture and entertainment in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park” and we couldn’t agree with him more. Last year the Paralympic Games brought disability sport to the masses, and this Saturday is part of a wider movement to continue to promote it within the community. Motivate East, along with several other organisations including Newham Council and Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, will be hosting a number of events through the day, including hockey, bike riding, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
For those who want to re-experience the excitement and thrill of the 2012 Paralympics Games, there
are free tickets to watch international matches. Between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, Team GB will take on Brazil at table tennis; then from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, will play Holland at sitting volleyball. From 7 pm-9 pm, there will be wheelchair basketball, with Team GB up against Spain. All this will be going on in the re-opened Copper Box. If all that isn’t enough Paralympic excitement, there will be the chance to meet medallists, and have a go at the sports.
All the action isn’t confined to the Copper Box though. From 1 pm till 6 pm, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the Liberty Festival. The festival includes a huge variety of different shows, like deaf and disability art, street theatre and children’s activities. On the music stage, you can listen to The Austistix performing their rock and indie sounds, Yunioshi’s electro rock, and Andrea Begley who won BBC’s The Voice this year.
The festival is free and open to anyone who is interested. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its venues have been designed, with the help of disabled people, to be fully accessible. There is limited free mobility equipment hire, an accessible shuffle service from platform 13 at Stratford station, guide dog spending areas, audio descriptions, induction loops, BSL interpretation and text services at locations across the event.
Go along, have a lovely day, and tweet all about it using #NPD2013.