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Service of ‘Courage and Faith’ marks opening of the 2012 Paralympic Games

On Sunday 26 August, St Paul’s hosted a special service, Courage and Faith, to celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Games.


This service was open to all and drew on the message of the Olympic Creed: that courage to compete is as important as the fight to be victorious. It was the first time that a Paralympic service has been held.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a Paralympian who has won eleven Paralympic gold medals and won six London Marathons, gave the address.
She said: "At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the eyes of the world are upon us. Right now I am so proud to be British. When I see what has been achieved I like many thousands of others am able to say that I am proud to be Paralympian."
Paralympic athlete Anne Wufula-Strike was interviewed during the service and there was a performance by the Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children. There was also a demonstration by the GB men's under-22 wheelchair basketball team.
A number of Paralympic sports were showcased on the Cathedral floor both before and during the service, including boccia, tennis and table tennis

The service was organised in conjunction with the British Paralympic Association and the English Federation of Disability Sport.

A longer (28m) video is available HERE.