Teams and individuals who have demonstrated the Paralympic values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration have been chosen from across the UK.
The majority of the Torchbearers announced today were successful through the public nomination campaigns run by BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s, as well as those chosen by the British Paralympic Association.
Find out more about the Torchbearers and read their inspiring stories
To mark the announcement, three of the teams had the opportunity to hold the Torch for the first time and try on the Torchbearer uniform designed by LOCOG in association with London 2012's official sportswear provider, adidas, at a Trafalgar Square event today.
This included a team from Hackney nominated for their passion and dedication to coaching a range of sports to aspiring disabled children; a team of people from around the UK nominated for their work in disability arts; and a team of parents and children connected with Stepping Stones Down Syndrome Support Group in Surrey.
LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: 'Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate someone in one of the three campaigns.
‘For the first time, we get to hear some of the inspirational stories of the teams and individuals that have been selected to carry the Paralympic Flame… They have all demonstrated how they are living the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality.’
A total of 116 teams of five Torchbearers will light the way to the Paralympic Games by carrying the Flame on its 24-hour overnight journey from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Celebrating the Paralympic Flame across the UK
The remaining 40 Torchbearers will carry the Flame at the three Flame Festivals and at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony. They have now been confirmed as taking place in the following locations:
25 August: Belfast – City Hall
26 August: Edinburgh – Inverleith Park
27 August: Cardiff – Roald Dahl Plass
28 August: Stoke Mandeville – Stoke Mandeville Stadium
As part of a new concept for the Paralympic Torch Relay, a Flame will be lit in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff, using the energy of physical human endeavour. The four Flames will be united at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.
A total of 36 communities from across the UK have taken the opportunity to host Flame Celebrations over the August Bank Holiday weekend, each one a celebration of the local area.
Help light the way
London 2012 organisers are encouraging over 13,000 Local Leaders to help light the way to the Paralympic Games by getting people together and attending celebration events.
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