Paralympic Flames Lit on Highest Peaks

On Wednesday 22 August, with just one week to go to the Paralympic Games, a Flame will be sparked on each of the highest summits of the four host nations.

Paralympic Torch, 182 kb
Paralympic Torch
© London 2012

Groups of disabled and non-disabled Scouts will walk up Scafell Pike, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), Ben Nevis and Slieve Donard, where they will apparently use the traditional technique of rubbing flint to create sparks and kindle a flame. We hope they go prepared with backup fag lighters.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said:

'By creating the four Flames through human endeavour at the four highest peaks in the UK we will ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the Paralympic Flame.'

Well it'll be a good photo op, anyway.

The Flames will then be transferred to each nation's capital city where they will each become the focus for a day of Paralympic celebrations. On Tuesday 28 August the Flames will be united in Stoke Mandeville – the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement – to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.

This will then embark on its 24-hour Relay, with 116 teams of five Torchbearers set to carry the Flame on its journey to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The teams of Torchbearers have been selected through public nomination campaigns run by various big businesses, as well as the British Paralympic Association, and have been chosen for the way they represent Paralympic Values.

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