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Aylesbury students treated to paralympic torch prototype

AVDC and WheelPower have the only one in the county.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 4:21pm 29th January 2020. 2-minute read.

Aylesbury students treated to paralympic torch prototype

Students at Stoke Mandeville Combined School were visited by a prototype of this years Paralympic torch.

AVDC and WheelPower are the only ones in the UK to be given one, and they kicked of their tour today.

They've been showing it to the students and sharing the areas history of the Paralympic games.

The first ever games for disabled athletes that coincided with the Olympics took place here in 1948.

Called the 'Stoke Mandeville Games for the Paralyze' they were organised by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, a doctor at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Martin McElhatton OBE, CE WheelPower commented:

“I am very proud of Aylesbury Vale’s unique Paralympic heritage, born from the invaluable work achieved by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s National Spinal Injury Unit, and at Stoke Mandeville Stadium as the movement grew.

"WheelPower is excited to be working with AVDC to deliver a fantastic ceremony that encompasses the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games values.

"It’s great to see that, once again, an international spotlight will be shone on the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony recognising Stoke Mandeville’s role in Paralympic history.”

Students celebrated the event with a performance from the choir.

AVDC Councillor Paul Irwin, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: 

“It’s a privilege to be able to share a sneak-peek of the prototype Paralympic Torch with local schools and community groups across Aylesbury Vale and the wider area, and hopefully spark excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.”

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