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PM supports International Paralympic Day

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Prime Minister David Cameron joined star athletes in London at an event celebrating the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

External site: London 2012 Paralympic Games External site: International Paralympic Day (DCMS website)

The all-day event, held in Trafalgar Square, gave members of the public a chance to see at first-hand the range of events that will take place when the Paralympic Games open on 29 August 2012.

Elite athletes from around the world demonstrated a range of sports, including Wheelchair Basketball, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugby.

The PM joined London Mayor Boris Johnson and wheelchair tennis stars Josh Steels and John Parfitt for a friendly but competitive game in front of a crowd in Trafalgar Square.

The day concludes with the official invitation by the International Paralympic Committee to athletes around the world to come and compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games next summer.

Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt said:

It’s fantastic for our capital to host International Paralympic Day. With the Paralympics coming home in 2012, it showcases some of the best in disability sport, inspiring everyone to be the best they can be.

Tickets for the games go on sale from Friday 9 September. To find out more about the Paralympic Games, and for details on how to get tickets, visit the London 2012 website.