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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Paralympic torch carriers revealed

17th May 2012

The names of the first people to carry the Paralympic flame in the London 2012 relay have been revealed.

A total of 332 people have been told they will form part of a special relay across the UK designed to recognise the Paralympic values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration. Many of the people involved in the relay have been nominated via public campaigns run by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury's.

The unveiling of the torchbearers was made in a special event held in Trafalgar Square, which also allowed the relay members the chance to hold the torch for the first time and try on the uniform they will wear as they travel across the country.

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: "Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone in one of the three campaigns.

"For the first time, we get to hear some of the inspirational stories of the teams and individuals that have been selected to carry the Paralympic flame… They have all demonstrated how they are living the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality."

Carriers of the torch include individuals and teams such as a group of people from Hackney who are being recognised for their work coaching local children with disabilities and a team of parents and children who are to represent the Stepping Stones Down Syndrome Support Group in Surrey.

The Paralympic Games begin on August 29th and involve 20 different sports. The event is set to attract many people from around the country and the world and demand is set to rise for central London hotels as people soak up the Olympic atmosphere this summer.


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