Paralympic Guide

Read our guide to the events and key dates for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Last Updated: 28/08/12 12:35pm

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The London 2012 Paralympic Games

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Archery
Dates:
August 30-September 5
Paralympic fact: Archery featured at the first Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 and has been in every Paralympics since the inaugural event in 1960.
British hopes: Danielle Brown is defending champion and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Athletics
Dates:
August 31-September 9
Paralympic fact: Wheelchair racers compete at speeds of more than 30 kilometres per hour and the top men can complete a marathon in under one hour 30 minutes.
British hopes: Wheelchair racer David Weir was the only Briton to win athletics gold in Beijing and is the team talisman.

Boccia
Dates:
September 2-September 8
Paralympic fact: Boccia, coming from the Latin for ball, is played in 50 countries worldwide.
British hopes: David Smith, Zoe Robinson, Nigel Murray and Dan Bentley won team gold in Beijing.

Cycling
Dates:
August 30-September 2 (track); September 5-September 8 (road)
Paralympic fact: The Paralympic road events will take place at motorsport venue Brands Hatch.
British hopes: Sarah Storey is aiming to compete in the Olympics and Paralympics, while Terry Byrne and Jon-Allan Butterworth are war veterans eager for sporting glory.

Equestrian
Dates:
August 30-September 4
Paralympic fact: The 2008 equestrian events took place in Hong Kong, with Britain winning 10 of the 33 available medals, five gold and five silver.
British hopes: Lee Pearson has a 100% record from three Games and will be seeking a fourth successive hat-trick in Greenwich.

Football five-a-side
Dates:
August 31-September 8
Paralympic fact: The crowd must be silent so the blind or partially-sighted players (all wearing blackout masks) can hear a noise-making device in the ball.
British hopes: David Clarke, who has scored more than 100 goals in 100 appearances for Britain, will lead the charge, but Brazil are a formidable foe.

Football seven-a-side
Dates:
September 1-September 9
Paralympic fact: Will be played at the Olympic Hockey Centre.
British hopes: A combined British team will have an English backbone featuring Martin Sinclair, brother of Swansea's Scott Sinclair.

Goalball
Dates:
August 30-September 7
Paralympic fact: The court markings are tactile, enabling the athletes to feel their way around.
British hopes:One of two sports not represented in Beijing, but Britain's women stated their case by winning the European Championships in 2009.

Judo
Dates:
August 30-September 1
Paralympic fact: In the only martial art on the Paralympic programme, the partially-sighted athletes are allowed to have contact with their opponent before each contest begins.
British hopes: Ben Quilter was fourth in Beijing, but will be aiming for a podium place in London.

Powerlifting
Dates:
August 30-September 5
Paralympic fact: Athletes with different disabilities compete for the same medals, with weight the only classifier.
British hopes: Ali Jawad will seek to realise his potential and lift his way to a medal.

Rowing
Dates:
August 31-September 2
Paralympic fact: Adaptive rowing made its Paralympic debut in the 2008 Games.
British hopes: Tom Aggar will be highly fancied to successfully defend his Paralympic title and his team-mates are pretty good too.

Sailing
Dates:
September 1-September 6
Paralympic fact: For greater stability, the yachts used in Paralympic sailing have keels.
British hopes: Training in Weymouth and Portland will have boosted hopes of success in home waters across the team.

Shooting
Dates:
August 30-September 4
Paralympic fact: Britain has won medals at every Games in which shooting has been included, since Toronto 1976.
British hopes: Matt Skelhon, the man with a Mohican, won gold in Beijing and will have his sights on the target once again.

Sitting volleyball
Dates:
August 30-September 8
Paralympic fact: A part of the player's body between their buttocks and shoulders must be in contact with the floor when they hit the ball.
British hopes: There was no team in Beijing, but they are optimistic for London.

Swimming
Dates:
August 30-September 8
Paralympic fact: South Africa's Natalie du Toit, a 10-time Paralympic champion, competed in the open water marathon at the Beijing Olympics.
British hopes: Sascha Kindred and Eleanor Simmonds are among those with Paralympic titles to defend, while Susie Rodgers won five golds at the European Championships. The team was so strong there was no place for 11-time champion David Roberts.

Table Tennis
Dates:
August 30-September 8
Paralympic fact: Poland's Natalia Partyka made her Paralympic debut in Sydney aged 11 and competed in the Olympics and Paralympics in China eight years later.
British hopes: Will Bayley is the world number one with aspirations of gold in 2012.

Wheelchair Basketball
Dates:
August 30-September 8
Paralympic fact: There is a professional league in Spain where many of the top players ply their trade.
British hopes: The men took bronze in Athens and Beijing and London is the last chance for the ageing group to succeed.

Wheelchair Fencing
Dates:
September 4-September 8
Paralympic fact: Athletes compete in wheelchairs fastened to the floor, with the length of the playing area determined by the athlete with the shorter arm reach.
British hopes: British fencers will be up against it.

Wheelchair Rugby
Dates:
September 5-September 9
Paralympic fact: Commonly known as murderball due to its ferocity, wheelchair rugby is a game played by athletes with a disability affecting both their arms and legs.
British hopes: Britain must upset the established elite to get on the podium but they have some talented individuals.

Wheelchair Tennis
Dates:
September 1-September 8
Paralympic fact: The ball is allowed to bounce twice.
British hopes: The 'Quadfather' Peter Norfolk is looking to defend his Paralympic title on home soil.

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