Olympic Park to host annual festival of disability sport
Sunday, 09 September 2012
September 9 - The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has pledged £2 million ($3.2 million/€2.4 million) towards the legacy of the Paralympic Games by establishing an annual festival of disability sport in the capital.
The first festival is due to take place early next summer at the Olympic Park (pictured above), which is being renovated following the end of London 2012 and renamed as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The new Park will provide public spaces and housing that are accessible for disabled people.
Sports facilities for wheelchair rugby, goalball, boccia and wheelchair basketball will be made available at the park's Copper Box, which will also provide an inclusive gym.
In addition, a pool lift will be added to the Aquatics Centre.
Daniel Moylan, chairman of the LLDC, said: "Thousands of people will be inspired to get involved in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we want to make sure there are opportunities for everyone."
Moylan also revealed that the LLDC are aiming to offer five per cent of the employment opportunities associated with the Park's renovation to disabled people.
Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), added: "By working with the operator of the venues on the Park now, they are ensuring that Paralympic sports will continue to be at the heart of the sporting legacy.
"Commitments like these give me confidence that London will continue to lead the way on having an inclusive and accessible legacy from the Games.
The north part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is to reopen on July 27, 2013, exactly a year after this summer's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The south of the Park will open the following spring.