Paralympic logo installation will provide lasting legacy

An artist's impression of the Agitos symbol
An artist's impression of the Agitos symbol

The Paralympic logo, Agitos, will be installed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital roundabout after being granted planning permission.

The symbol is being put on the roundabout to recognise the hospital’s role as the birthplace of the modern Games.

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

Councillor David Thompson, Aylesbury Vale District Council cabinet member for leisure, previously said: “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.”

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.