With less than a year to go until the London 2012 Games, Kent is proud to be recognised as one of the Host Counties of the Paralympic Games. The Garden of England will also be hosting two spectacular evening celebrations of the Olympic Torch Relay, in Dover on 18th July before the flame makes its journey to Leeds Castle on 19th July, with The Torch visiting many other Kent locations along the way.
The county will play a wider role during the Games with paralympic teams from Barbados, Nepal and Papua New Guinea have signed agreements to use training facilities in Kent in the build-up. Elsewhere, another team has agreed to hold a training camp in Kent next summer, with Nepal’s Olympic team following the example of their Paralympic squad by choosing to use facilities in Canterbury.
Kent is also home to one of the official ‘Park and Rail’ services. Ebbsfleet International Station is just nine minutes by highspeed rail link to the centre of the Olympic Park.
Kent and the district of Sevenoaks has been announced as the venue for the Paralympic Road Cycling events incorporating Road Race and Time Trial from 5 to 8 September 2012. The Paraolympions will compete on bicycles, tricycles, tandems and hand cycles in more than 30 events for men and women with disabilities including visual impairments, cerebral palsy and amputations. Cycling is one of Britain’s most successful Paralympic sports, picking up twenty medals including seventeen gold’s at the Beijing Games in 2008.The 2012 competition will see hand cycling, tricycles, bicycles and tandems with riders competing in time-trial road race and team events. The former F1 Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch is to be used for about half of the course, including the start and finish. Brands Hatch began as a grass track cycle venue in 1928 before establishing itself as an international motor-racing circuit hosting the British round of the Formula 1 World Championships until 1986.
Chris Hespe, head of sport, leisure and Olympics at Kent County Council, said: “What’s particularly exciting is the road cycling events are right at the end of the Paralympics. With so many medals on offer, it could have a significant impact on the medals table, so the eyes of the world will be on Kent.”
You can apply for tickets to the London 2012 Paralympic Games between 9 September 2011 and 30 September 2011. Tickets will cost £10 for adults and £5 for people aged 16 and under and 60 and over. Discounted tickets are available for large groups of people. Tickets can be purchased via this link: http://www.tickets.london2012.com/ Once you have your tickets purchased why not find yourself a lovely little cottage near the action, please visit our website for more information.