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Children set sail to celebrate National Paralympic Day

Britain is getting ready to celebrate the first National Paralympic Day and school children from Dorset have been given the opportunity to sail with a gold medallist.

Helena Lucas won gold at London 2012 and will be sailing with disabled and able bodies children on the 7th September. The youngsters will get the chance to see Helena's gold medal as well as ask her questions about her Paralympic success.


Eurostar sales revenues down five percent

The Olympics, Paralympics and a fluctuating pound/euro exchange rate hit sales revenues in quarter three but Eurostar remain positive. For the year to date, passenger numbers were up from 7.3 million to 7.4 million with sales revenues down 1% to £612 million this year from £619 million in 2011.

"We have had an inspiring and rewarding summer bringing athletes and spectators from around the world to the Olympic Games. Whilst many corporate clients and business customers decided to steer clear of London during the Games, we nonetheless delivered a solid performance. Looking ahead to the end of the year, the outlook is strong. Bookings have bounced back and we are now seeing a return to more typical travel patterns."

– Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar

Gymnast's body cast in bronze

Bronze and marble casts of Olympic and Paralympic champions are going on display in Hampshire.

The 11 sculptures which include this cast of silver medallist Lewis Smith will be exhibited in Fleet until November.

Olympic silver medallist Lewis Smith is cast in Bronze Credit: Hart District Council

Blade runner Oscar Pistorius and five times Olympian swimmer Mark Foster also feature in the exhibition.

Artist Ben Dearnley said "My Olympic work focuses on the core strengths of each Olympic and Paralympic athlete I have worked with, capturing something of the essence of what it is that makes them the best in the world at what they do."

The finished art work by artist Ben Dearnley Credit: Hart District Council
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