Stoke Mandeville to celebrate London 2012 anniversary

Sports Day at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will give people the chance of a photo with the Paralympic torch and cauldron. The anniversary will bring back fond memories for Aylesbury adaptive rower Pam Relph (inset) who won gold for Britain this time last year

Sports Day at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will give people the chance of a photo with the Paralympic torch and cauldron. The anniversary will bring back fond memories for Aylesbury adaptive rower Pam Relph (inset) who won gold for Britain this time last year

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Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, will celebrate the anniversary of the London 2012 Games with a fun-packed Sports Day event next weekend.

Stadium bosses announced on Thursday that the Sports Day will take place on Saturday September 7 between 10am and 6pm where there will also be the opportunity to have pictures taken with the Paralympic cauldron and torch.

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On the day the British Wheelchair Athletics Association Grand Prix will be taking place and people attending can take part in a multitude of activities at the venue made famous by the pioneering Sir Ludwig Guttmann.

Activities will include free swimming and swim school taster lessons, entertainment from DJ Dan Blaze and the Play Team, badminton, cardio tennis, group fitness classes, beginners running, table tennis, karate, MK Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club, disability sports and much more.

A spokesman for Stoke Mandeville Stadium said: “No matter your age, ability or experience everyone is involved. This is a free event, however we would gratefully accept donations to Wheelpower. We hope to see you there!”

The anniversary evokes special memories for one Vale resident in particular. Adaptive rower Pam Relph, of Weston Turville, stormed to Paralympic gold for Great Britain at Dorney Lake this time last year to seal a place in the history books, and an image of herself on a stamp!

Relph, who yesterday (Wednesday) retained her World Championship crown with gold in South Korea, was also handed an MBE for her performance.