The London 2012 Paralympic games have been considered the greatest Paralympic games yet. The accessibility of the Olympic and Paralympic venues and park showed what can be achieved when accessibility is a fundamental part of the built environment’s design. The Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group has been working with the GLA and the government to ensure that the distinction of being ‘the most inclusive Games ever’ will have a tangible legacy benefit.
"No pain, no gain. Train hard. The harder you train, the less likely you are to lose." – London 2012 Olympic Champion Mo Farah
The number of young people aged between 16 and 25 playing sport regularly is growing and has now reached 3.86 million. Initiatives to fund recreational sporting are helping to pave the way for future members of Team GB.
BT - London 2012: Delivering the Economic Legacy
As the Games’ official communications services partner, BT ensured that the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics were the most connected Games ever with the largest high-density Wi-Fi ever deployed. More tweets were sent on one day than during the entire Beijing Games and 5,500 kilometres of cables were installed to support digital communications across 94 locations.
“It’s fantastic that the Government has made a big commitment to invest in British Olympic sport. Funding from National Lottery and Government has helped and supported me throughout my athletics career and allowed me to attain my goals.” - London 2012 gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill
Athletes have pledged to devote several days a year towards coaching, mentoring, ambassadorial activities, and supporting sporting experiences to help pay the Olympic legacy forward.
The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games may have ended, but the legacy of an active lifestyle and commitments to sport have endured. Since the Games, medal-winning athletes have been inspiring communities around the country as they have visited local schools and attended events. 1.4 million more people are playing sport once a week since London won the bid in 2005, and £1 billion has been invested into youth and community sport.
In 2005, the London 2012 bid team made a bold pledge: “Choose London and we will create an extraordinary legacy for the UK and the world.” The Olympic Games ended almost a year ago, but London has remained firm on the commitment to creating an enduring legacy to everyone that was inspired by the London 2012.
“A year ago, the London 2012 Olympic Games wrote a thrilling chapter in the annals of Olympic legacy. London’s commitment to delivering a strong Games legacy was clear. These ‘happy and glorious’ Games are now on their way to leaving a fantastic legacy that will benefit the population of London and beyond.”
– Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee
Ambassador Westmacott challenged NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to a friendly table tennis match at the office. The match comes at just the right time, as we are currently celebrating the 1 year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The UK is promoting the Olympic Legacy and the inspirational power of London 2012 in its effort to deliver lasting change in sport, promote healthier lifestyles, improve the lives of disabled people and invest in our communities.
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Recently, the British Embassy in Washington hosted an Olympic Legacy reception to mark the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Guests came to the embassy to celebrate a successful first half of the year as well as the national pride that came along with last summer’s Games. The legacy of the Games includes wide-ranging topics such as sport, infrastructure, transportation, disability and inclusion.
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