“I think what blew everyone away at London 2012 was the overwhelming wave of support for the Paralympics and events like this show that the British public still have an appetite for Paralympic sport and are keen to come out and get involved."
British Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock, along with para-cyclist Jody Cundy and para-athletes Aled Davies and Stef Reid are among the London 2012 medallists set to star in celebrations for National Paralympic Day at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Great Britain, on Saturday 30 August.
Athletes will be at the Park across the day, signing autographs and meeting fans as part of the free family festivities for National Paralympic Day.
The event will also include international swimming, wheelchair basketball, goalball and boccia competitions, free community sports sessions and the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, a free showcase of deaf and disability arts.
The London 2012 medallists will join ParalympicsGB’s most successful winter athletes Jade Etherington, Caroline Powell and Sochi gold medallist Charlotte Evans who produced historic performances for Great Britain at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games earlier this year.
Peacock, who heads to National Paralympic Day fresh from his success at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, is excited to be part of the event, which is taking place for the second year.
He said: “I think what blew everyone away at London 2012 was the overwhelming wave of support for the Paralympics and events like this show that the British public still have an appetite for Paralympic sport and are keen to come out and get involved.
“It’s nearly two years to the day since I won gold at London 2012 and with Rio on the horizon National Paralympic Day is the perfect opportunity for sports fans to come out and show that continued support, by getting tickets to watch the sporting competition and coming down to meet the athletes who’ll be joining me on the day.”
In addition to the elite sport on offer, National Paralympic Day will once again join up with the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival to showcase the finest talent in disability sport and arts. A whole a range of free activities are on offer for the whole family to enjoy on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Other cities across Great Britain - Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow - are also gearing up to host celebrations for National Paralympic Day.
For more information about how to buy tickets and for details about regional events, visit the event website.