Video and photo gallery: Paralympic Flame arrives in Norfolk

The Paralympic Flame is in Norfolk today after being unveiled at a special ceremony at the University of East Anglia this lunchtime.

Local people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties enjoyed sessions in nine different paralympic sports this morning before the flame's arrival.

Norfolk is one of just 34 areas around the country to have taken the opportunity to host flame celebration events and be part of the programme taking place nationally over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Four flames are being lit to mark the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Torch Relay – the first in London yesterday, before Belfast today, Edinburgh tomorrow and Cardiff on Monday.

Norfolk's Flame Ambassador, Will Smith, from Westfield, near Dereham, travelled to the London lighting event in Trafalgar Square on Friday to bring a part of the flame back to Norfolk for the celebration event.

The 16-year-old is a T54 wheelchair racer who was born with spina bifida, He has been racing for five years and is a member of the City of Norwich Athletics Club.

He was selected by UK Athletics to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Dubai - where he won four gold medals, in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m, and one silver medal for the under-18 1500m.

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He currently holds the national under-17 record times over 200m, 400m and 800m.

Having already been called up to the senior squad, Will aims to make the grade for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Mr Smith said: 'This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that not everyone gets to do. I'm massively excited about the Paralympics. The coverage in the build-up to it, on Channel Four and all the media, has been great.'

The four flames will now be united at the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville, in Buckinghamshire, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement, on Tuesday.

This flame will then be carried on a 24-hour Relay to London and the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, on August 29.

- For more photos from the event, see the gallery at the top-right of this page.

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