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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Mayor appointed to Paralympic village post

21st August 2012

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has revealed that Eva Loeffler will serve as mayor of the Paralympic Village.

Loeffler is the daughter of the founder of the Paralympic Games, Ludwig Guttmann, and she has already begun her first official job of welcoming athletes into the village ahead of the start of the Games on August 29th.

She has been involved in the Paralympic movement for a number of years and was a volunteer for the first ever wheelchair Games in 1948 as well as one of the orginal directors of the British Paralympic Association.

LOCOG chair Seb Coe explained that Loeffler has played a key role in the success of the Paralympics and added: "I'm delighted to appoint her as Paralympic Village mayor."

Loeffler said: "The development of Paralympic sport and the Paralympic Games has played a significant role in my life and I'm thrilled to be appointed Paralympic Village Mayor as the Games return to the UK.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the whole team to deliver an outstanding and memorable experience for Village residents and visitors this summer."

The Paralympic village has undergone an extensive transformation in recent days as it prepareds for the arrival of the competitors. As well as rebranding of vehicles and signs, organisers have also trained new volunteers, adapted facilities for wheelchair users and altered venues.

There has also been a new venue added for the Paralympic Games, with Brands Hatch in Kent being used for road cycling events and a new tennis and five-a-side football venue has been created within the Olympic Park.

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