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Preparations are well underway for Stoke Mandeville to host the Heritage Flame for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 2nd, 2016. The support of the county's businesses and key organisations was a huge help in March 2014 and the Buckinghamshire Legacy Board is hoping that sponsors will step forward again for the event in 2016. 

One Paralympic athlete will ignite the Heritage Flame to an audience of 1500 in the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, thousands in Aylesbury's Vale Park and millions across the globe in September. Representing the proud heritage of the Paralympic movement this single flame will travel across the world to be merged with the five Brazilian regional flames. Together they will light the Paralympic flame in Rio on September 5th and start the two day torch relay that will arrive in the Olympic stadium for the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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The first-ever sports events for disabled people were hosted at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire by Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 1948. The work of this pioneering doctor led directly to the birth of the Paralympic movement and was recognised on March 1st 2014 by the lighting of the Paralympic Heritage Flame at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the first time an international leg had been hosted for a Paralympic Torch Relay. Watch the Channel 4 coverage from the spectacular ceremony here Channel 4 Coverage

The Buckinghamshire Legacy programme aims to build on the momentum from the London 2012 Games. We want to ensure that the county that gave the world the Paralympic Games continues to be at the forefront of global innovation by providing an environment that helps support new and inclusive standards in sport, culture, health and education. By doing this we will attract new investment, develop our expertise and knowledge base and provide new and better opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy.




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