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Plymouth chosen to host National Paralympic Day celebrations

Great Britain Paralympic medal winners Jade Etherington (left) and her guide Caroline Powell (second left) with Charlotte Evans (second from right) and Kelly Gallagher arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the winter paralympics in Sochi. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Plymouth has been chosen to host celebrations for National Paralympic Day.

The city is just one of three who will play a starring role in the celebrations when it hosts a jam-packed day of activity at the Piazza on July 25.

Visitors will be able to enjoy free interactive and fun activities that replicate different aspects of Paralympic sport.

The day runs from 10am-5pm and fans will be encouraged to have a go and test their skills to learn more about some of the extraordinary talents of our Paralympic athletes.

I’m delighted that we are taking celebrations for National Paralympic Day to Plymouth for the very first time.

Anyone is welcome to come along and get involved, and it’s a great way for everyone to find out more about the sports that they’ll be watching in Rio in just over a year’s time.

– Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association

Kelly celebrates at Downing Street

Bath graduate Kelly Gallagher has been to Downing Street to celebrate her Winter Paralympian Gold.

She and her guide Charlotte Evans became the first Britons to clinch a Winter Paralympics gold medal when they won the visually impaired Super-G in Sochi.

Kelly says she hoped the win would inspire others to believe in themselves:-

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Bath Uni's Sochi golden girl at Downing Street

Members of Great Britain's record-breaking Winter Paralympic team have been visiting Downing Street for a reception to celebrate their achievements.

Kelly Gallagher, a graduate from Bath University, and her guide Charlotte Evans became the first Britons to clinch a Winter Paralympics gold medal when they won the visually impaired Super-G in Sochi.

Bath Uni graduate, Kelly Gallagher at Downing Street today.
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Cameron congratulates Kelly Gallagher on Gold Medal

David Cameron has congratulated Kelly Gallagher on winning Great Britain's first ever gold medal at the Winter Paralympics.

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Corsham turns out to honour Stephanie

Paralympian swimmer Stephanie Millward in Corsham Credit: ITV Westcountry

Parlaympian swimmer Stephanie Millward this morning described her home town's turnout as 'unbelievable' at the start of a parade in her honour. The five-times medallist at London 2012 was speaking before receiving the Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Corsham.

Stephanie told ITV News Westcountry: "It shows the support that they've always had in me. They've been behind me the whole way. I went to school here and it's an honour that everyone has come out today."

The swimmer, who was diagnosed with mutiple sclerosis at the age of 17, said she wanted to inspire other people and to encourage them not to give up.

" I've beaten MS, nothing can stop me, you can do anything if you believe in yourself", she said.

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