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Paralympic Order presented to the Mayor of London

by IPC on 8 Sep 2013
Day 5 of the 2012 Paralympics at Portland - 24mR with Weymouth bay as the backdrop David Staley - IFDS ©
Mayor of London Boris Johnson was presented with the Paralympic Order by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Saturday (7 September) for his support and contribution towards the highly successful London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Order is the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can receive. It was presented to the Mayor by IPC Governing Board member Rita van Driel at National Paralympic Day, an exciting celebration of sport and culture at Queen Elizabeth Park, London almost one year since the London Games closed.

Since becoming Mayor of London in May 2008, Boris Johnson has been a big advocate of the Paralympic Movement and in September 2010 played the British Prime Minister David Cameron at Wheelchair Tennis in Trafalgar Square as part of International Paralympic Day.

Rita van Driel, IPC Governing Board member, said: 'Boris Johnson helped regenerate part of the city in time for the Games and made London more accessible. He ensured Londoners were fully aware their city was staging not one, but two major sporting events, acted a great cheerleader for Paralympics GB and showed that when it comes to playing wheelchair tennis he's quite a player!

'I think it is testament to his leadership that not only did the Paralympics change attitudes and perceptions of disability but they also helped change the world's attitudes and perceptions of London for the better too.'

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'It was an immense privilege for London to host a sell-out Paralympic Games and in many ways it surpassed the success of the preceding Olympics.

'One year on from the London Paralympics, I am more determined than ever to harness the magic of the event to make London a more accessible and inclusive city. I am honoured to accept this award in recognition of the army of dedicated Londoners that made these inspirational Games a resounding triumph, raising the bar for future host cities.'

The London 2012 Paralympic Games were the biggest and best yet. A record 4,237 athletes from 164 countries competed in front of packed venues as a result of 2.78 million tickets being sold - the most ever. TV pictures were shown in 115 countries - more than ever before - and a cumulated global TV audience of 3.8 billion watched the Games. Post Games research highlighted that the Games changed attitudes and perceptions of disability and increased awareness of para-athletes and their sports.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organisation formed and run by 174 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Paralympic website

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