Athletics championships promise five days of thrilling competition

Paul Thorburn (Swansea2014 Chair – back centre), Aled-Sion Davies (Swansea2014 Ambassador, Athlete –back left), Josie Pearson (Swansea2014 Ambassador, Athlete – front centre), with the first Swansea2014 Champions to sign up including volunteers from the Young Ambassadors programme and Special Olympics GB.

IT promises to be the highlight of the sporting year and, with ticket prices ranging from only £3 to £7, everyone will have the chance to see world champions and record holders from more than 40 countries competing at Swansea University this summer.
The European Paralympic Championships at Swansea University’s International Sports Village will be the biggest Paralympic event ever held in Wales.
The games, held from 19-23 August, will see 600 European athletes compete as a warm up for the 2016 Rio Paralympic games.
There will be 199 medal events over the five days and 15,000 tickets have been released, priced between £3 – £7 per session.
The championships are expected to attract up to 20,000 athletes, officials, spectators and visitors.
Paul Thorburn, chair of the Swansea 2014 organising committee said: “Swansea 2014 is an incredibly exciting event for the city and for Wales. We want as many people as possible to experience this historic event first hand and we have … ensured that our pricing is as accessible as possible. Our aim is to achieve full stadia across the week, ensuring a truly world-class experience for athletes and spectators alike.”
Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer said: “This is the biggest para-athletics event to be held in Great Britain since the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will feature many of the athletes who lit up the Olympic stadium two years ago.
“As a result we expect the demand for tickets to be extremely high and therefore people should try buy sooner, rather than later, to avoid disappointment.
“Some of the world’s best athletes will be competing in Swansea and it would be tremendous for them to do so in front of the strong and vocal crowds that Wales is renowned for worldwide.”
Swansea University is delighted to have been chosen to host the event, with Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies saying: “We are delighted that the International Paralympic Committee has recognised that Swansea University, working with its partners, can deliver a high profile championship event and acknowledges our commitment to disability sport.”
The Vice Chancellor added: “We look forward to delivering both a successful athlete-centred championship as well as a legacy that the whole of Wales and Europe can share and be proud of.”
The event is being delivered by Swansea University in partnership with Swansea Council, Disability Sport Wales, British Athletics, Welsh Athletics and the Welsh Government.
Tickets and further information can be found at www.swansea2014.com

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