International Paralympic Day – 8 September, latest from Kent Life
PUBLISHED: 01:16 08 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:57 20 February 2013
As we have now reached 'one year to go' to the Olympics and Paralympics we are on the countdown to next year's London 2012 Games. September 8 marks International Paralympic Day and so here are some ideas of how you could get in on the excitement...
International Paralympic Day 8 September
There will be a celebration event of the Paralympic sports held in Trafalgar Square on 8 September but it is also a chance to celebrate whats available for disabled people in Kent to get involved in sport.
To find out what sports are available go to http://www.kentsport.org/sports.cfm or give me a call on 01622 694177.
Maidstone There will be a day of activities at the YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Loose on 8 September. http://www.kentsport.org/news_international_paralympic_day_aug11.cfm
Sevenoaks - Paralympic Road Cycling at Brands Hatch Chance to see the Paralympics on the doorstep
Tickets for the Paralympics go on sale from 9 September and you have the chance to watch them live right here in Kent. At 10.00 for adults and 5.00 for children and senior citizens, these tickets provide Kent residents with the opportunity to watch world class sport at a genuinely affordable cost.
Brands Hatch, situated between Sevenoaks and Dartford will host the Paralympic Road Cycling competition. From 5-8 September 2012, around 225 disabled athletes from 40 nations will race round the course before taking to the surrounding local roads to battle it out to the finish.
You can apply for tickets via www.london2012.com to watch from dedicated viewing areas within Brands Hatch or you can just turn up and be a spectator on the roadside for free.
Also worth bearing in mind re the Olympic torch:
Countywide - Its not too late to nominate someone to carry the Olympic torch
There is just a month to go before the application process closes to nominate someone who has gone the extra mile and deserves the chance to be in the running to carry the Olympic torch. The torch will travel through the county and so it is a unique opportunity to see Kents own residents carrying the torch. Nominate that worthy person or people via the websites of any of the three sponsors, Coca Cola, Samsung and Lloyds TSB. NB Deadlines for nominations via Coca Colas website is 5 September and Lloyds TSB nominations close on 12 September and the closing date to nominate via Samsung is 30 September.
The Kent 2012 campaign is led and managed by Kent County Council and brings together a range of individuals and organisations which work together to maximise the benefits to the county from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The campaign focuses on sport, volunteering, transport, young people, arts, economic development, regeneration and tourism.
Do you know of anyone who is a potential Olympic competitor? If so, why notnominatethem to be featured in Kent Life's monthly feature of 'Bright Young Things'?
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