One year countdown to the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Today marks the one year to go countdown to the opening of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

And organisers have said they aim to sell every ticket for every sport.

Tickets go on sale on September 9 and, while there is not the demand there was for Olympic tickets, over a million people have registered their interest in buying tickets for the 10-day event in which around 4,200 athletes will compete in 20 sports.

Chris Holmes, director of Paralympic engagement for London 2012, has two overarching goals for the next 12 months.

'The first is to make sure everything we do from an organisational perspective is in place so when the athletes arrive, all they have to focus on is producing the best performance of their lives,' he said.


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'The second is to do with the British public. What we want to ensure is we get the whole of the UK behind the Games.'

He added: 'They'll have an experience which will live with them for the rest of their lives.'

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Ticket applications for the Paralympics open for three weeks from 9am on September 9 to 6pm on September 26, with prices starting at �10 for adults and �5 for anyone who is 16 or under and 60 or over on August 29, 2012, when the Games begin.

Oversubscribed Paralympic events will be decided by a ballot. Successful buyers will only be informed after all applications are processed and payment has been taken.

A second phase of Paralympic tickets will go on sale shortly after that.

Paralympic opening and closing ceremony tickets start at �20.12, with the top price at �500 for the opening ceremony and 75pc of tickets costing �20 or under. There will also be day passes, acting like 'a taster menu', to see a range of different sports.

Sessions with reserved seating and others with general admission are among the range of ticket types created for the Paralympics.

That means that sports fans will fill seats on a first-come first-served basis.

There is also a group organiser ticket where anyone who applies for 20 tickets or more per session can receive extra tickets free.

If the organiser applies for 20 tickets, they can get two extra tickets at no extra charge, while for 30 tickets they would receive a total of 33 tickets, up to an application for 50 tickets which will result in a total of 55 tickets.

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