Film celebrating London 2012 Paralympics to be launched

Friday, 30 November 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Jonnie Peacock celebrates winning 100m London 2012 with motherNovember 30 - A new short online film "London 2012 - Best Games Ever" will be launched by the International Paralympic Committee on Monday (December 3). 

The film will take viewers through a rollercoaster of emotions: disappointment, anger, relief, joy, delight and satisfaction, by telling the stories of a number of Paralympians and showcasing their sporting abilities.

Key moments include Britain's Ellie Simmonds tearful victory in the 400 metres freestyle, Italy's former motor racing driver Alex Zanardi's first handcycling win on the Brands Hatch track, South African Oscar Pistorius' shock defeat in the 200m T44 as well as Jonnie Peacock's epic home 100m T44 wi (pictured above).

The film, whose launch coincides with the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Monday, celebrates the achievements of Paralympians who, as post London 2012 research has shown, have created a shift in the perceptions of people with a disability.

Charity United Research found 81 per cent of British adults changed their viewpoint of persons with a disability due to the Games.

A further 85 per cent felt athletes were people to aspire to.

London 2012 found 65 per cent of people thought the Games were a breakthrough to viewing disabled people - up from 40 per cent in June 2010.

Sir Philip Craven at London 2012 Closing Ceremony with Boris Johnson and Paralympic flagIPC President Sir Philip Craven declared the London 2012 Paralympics "the best ever"

"We are delighted to launch this highly emotional video to coincide with the UN's International Day for Persons with Disabilities as Paralympians, through their performances in London, did more than anyone to make for an inclusive world," said IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

"In my London 2012 opening address I said those watching the Games would experience every single emotion, including ones never thought possible whilst at the same time challenging the way they think about themselves and how they think about others.

"This sensational video, which brought a tear to my eye when I first saw it, does exactly that.

"It's a real mixture of raw emotions that will leave you feeling both elated and drained at the same time.

"The performances of athletes in London did not just inspire a generation, they changed a generation as the research shows.

"Thanks to the athletes and the Games barriers have been broken down and the world is now more inclusive and accessible than it was per London 2012."

The film can be viewed from Monday by clicking here

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