London 2012 Paralympics

The London 2012 Paralympics takes place between 29th August and 9th September. Paralympians from across the world will compete in 20 different sports in the 2012 games

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Paralympian Richard Whitehead welcomed home

Nottinghamshire welcomed home Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead.

Richard struck gold in the 200m T42 race with a world record time, and made the final of the 100m T42 as well.

He's already had a postbox painted gold in Lowdham to mark his achievements.

He was welcomed home today on an open top bus parade, with a celebration at the Market Square at lunchtime.

Ellie Simmonds tweets she is home after "the best weeks of my life"

Ellie Simmonds the 17-year-old, four-time Paralympic medallist from Walsall Credit: PA

Four-time ParalympicGB medallist Ellie Simmonds has written a message on social networking site saying "Finally home after an amazing Games, sad it is all over but it has been the best few weeks of my life!"

Ellie Simmonds, the 17-year-old from Walsall won silver in the S6 100m freestyle final, gold in the SM6 200m medley and the S6 400m freestyle as well as bronze in the S6 50m freestyle.


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Simmonds excited for the closing ceremony

Ellie Simmonds received her silver medal yesterday. Credit: PA

Walsall-based Paralympian, Ellie Simmonds, has said she is looking forward to tonight's closing ceremony after an "amazing Games".

Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the athlete from Aldridge said: "I am very excited and quite emotional. I am sad that it has ended but I am really looking forward to the closing ceremony tonight and everything I have got to do afterwards. I'm so happy with what I have achieved."

Ellie Simmonds won her fourth medal last night, adding silver to her two golds and bronze medal success at the London Games 2012.

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