Giant Paralympic logo set for Stoke Mandeville Hospital roundabout

Artist's impression of what the roundabout will look like
Artist's impression of what the roundabout will look like

The symbol, Agitos, would be installed at the roundabout entrance to the hospital in recognition of its role as birthplace of the modern Games.

Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the British Paralympic Association to create a permanent reminder of Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s role in the establishment of the Paralympic movement.

The red, green and blue strokes of the Agitos (Latin for ‘I move’) are the Paralympic Games’ counterpart to the Olympic Rings.

Subject to planning approval, the structure donated by the government will be installed on the roundabout located outside the National Spinal Injuries Centre before the endo of April.

The first recognised sporting event for people with disabilities was hosted by pioneering neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948 on the same day as the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

The Stoke Mandeville event grew to draw athletes from all over the world and led to the inaugural Paralympic Games, which took place in Rome in 1960.

Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “It would be great to have the iconic Agitos on display at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.

“Stoke Mandeville played a pivotal role in the development of disability sport and this structure will act as a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Games and a permanent reminder of the achievements of Sir Ludwig Guttmann.”

Aylesbury Vale District Council community development officer Dan Clucas said: “It would be a good thing to bring it to Aylesbury.

“The obvious place is Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

“The hospital is very keen for it to go there as well.

“We’re working to get it in place quite soon. It just reinforces the that fact Aylesbury is the birthplace of the Paralympics and more particularly, Stoke Mandeville Hospital.”