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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

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Gold medal winning rowers meet the Queen

Heather Stanning and Helen Glover meet the Queen Credit: ITV Westcountry

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The gold medal winners were among Olympic and Paralympic heroes invited to a reception to celebrate their success. The pair won the first gold medals of Team GB's campaign.


Jon Fox returns to St Austell

Jon Fox won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Paralympic swimmer Jon Fox, who won a gold medal at London 2012, is being welcomed back to his home town of St Austell today.

He will be visiting the local schools first and then St Austell college, and show off his medal to the community, before signing autographs and having photos taken by his golden post box.

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