For the first time since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, international swimmers will once again compete in the iconic London Aquatics Centre as part of National Paralympic Day on Saturday August 30.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, a day of celebrations is taking place across the country, including a free family festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, showcasing the very best in disability sports. Exactly two years to the day since Great Britain won its first medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, a number of ParalympicsGB swimming medallists will return to the water at the London Aquatics Centre for two thrilling sessions of racing.
Amongst them will be Amy Marren, a London 2012 Team GB Paralympic swimmer, who plans to relive some of her happiest memories as she looks to star once again in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“I think National Paralympics Day is a great event because not only does it raise the profile of the Paralympics, which has come a long, long way since London 2012, but it also gives people an opportunity to meet their role models and heroes,” Marren added.
“It’s probably one of my favourite events of the year. You can meet the athletes, take part in the give-it-a-go sessions and it’s just a great day to get an understanding of what Paralympic sport is and what we try to promote, which is that there is no boundaries for disability athletes; you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
At 15 years old, Marren has the difficult job of balancing her blossoming swimming career with her studies at Hall Mead School. After locking herself away for her GCSE revision, Marren also insists she is ready to blow the cobwebs away in style at next month’s European Championships in Eindhoven.
“This season has probably been the hardest season that I’ve had so far,” said Marren, “Even though it’s hard work I have enjoyed it, the start of the season went really well and now we’re on the more technical part of the season and I’m looking forward to the European Championships in five weeks time. It’s just a case of fine tuning now.
“It’s my first European Championships and I’m just going there to continue my development and gain experience. Obviously every international competition leading up to Rio 2016 is going to count so I’d be happy with some strong swims and some personal bests.”
National Paralympic Day will be celebrated on Saturday August 30 with a day of Paralympic sport and disability arts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To buy tickets for the Paralympic sport, log on to www.axs.com/national-paralympic-day. #NPD2014 is supported by Spirit of 2012.