International paralympic event comes to Swansea

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.

TICKETS for the International Paralympic Championships, hosted by Swansea University, have gone on sale.

The games, held in August, will see 600 european athletes compete as a warm up for the 2016 Rio paralympic games.

15,000 tickets have been released, priced between £3-£7 per session, for the duration of the five day championship.

Swansea 2014 will be the 4th IPC Athletics European Championships having previously been held in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, Espoo, Finland and Assen, Netherlands. The championships are expected to attract up to 20,000 athletes, officials, spectators and visitors from across Europe.

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.”

Swansea University was pleased 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 http://www.swansea2014.com

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