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Paralympic teams from five continents welcomed to Wales

The London 2012 Paralympic Games begin on the 29th August Photo: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Paralympic teams from five different continents, who have chosen to base themselves in Wales ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games, will be welcomed by the First Minister today.

Athletes and support staff will go to a special reception held by Carwyn Jones at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will begin on the 29th August and a number of national teams have decided to use various locations in Wales as their training base before the Games begin.

The teams based in Wales include New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, China, British Cycling, US Cycling, Liberia, India and the Oceanic Paralympic Committee.

The Paralympics are a truly inspirational event where individuals have overcome huge adversity to reach the top of their sport and represent their country at the highest level.

It is great that in the build up to the Paralympic Games Wales is playing host to a number of national teams from across the globe. Teams have chosen Wales as their temporary home because we can offer a range of world class sporting facilities and the relevant knowledge and expertise in delivering for Paralympic athletes.

The presence of the teams also provides an opportunity to develop sporting, educational and cultural links between our countries. I wish all of them the best of luck.

– First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM

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