Cardiff is extending a warm welcome to almost 400 Paralympic athletes as they base themselves in the city ahead of the start of the Games.
Sports men and women from several countries including Australia, Liberia, Korea, China and the Oceanic Islands have all made their journey to Cardiff as the city becomes their selected pre-games training camp as they make the final, important preparations before the competitions commence on August 29.
Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Huw Thomas said: “Cardiff is honoured to have been selected by several Paralympic teams as a pre-Games training camp and we extend a warm welcome to the hundreds of athletes who will be residing in the city as they make their final preparations ahead of the Games.
“Sport.Cardiff is committed to making disability sport accessible to everyone and provides an excellent provision for grass roots sports. An example of this is the annual Wheelchair Sports Spectacular which attracts over 500 attendees and promotes disability sports amongst adults and children.
"Having so many outstanding athletes here is sure to inspire Paralympians of the future.”
2012 Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission, Jason Hellwig said from the Australian Paralympic Committee said: “The staging camp is a first for us in the lead up to a Paralympic Games and has been a unique feature in our planning for the London Games campaign.
“The run up to the start of the Games is an extremely important time for every athlete taking part and we are confident we can make the best of these final preparations here in Cardiff.”