Paralympics London 2012 - GBR sailor lights the cauldron

by IFDS 
Great Britain’s Hannah Stodel lit the cauldron
David Staley - IFDS ©
The 2012 Paralympic Games cauldron was lit on Friday at the National Sailing Academy by Hannah Stodel of Great Britain. Stodel is a three-time Paralympian and chair of the International Association for Disabled Sailing sailors' advisory council.

Hannah is competing alongside John Robertson and Steve Thomas (GBR) in the three-person Sonar class at the Games.

During the sailing events the flame will burn in a cauldron housed in a plinth of Portland stone.

Medals will be contested in three classes between 1st-6th September: the single-person 2.4mR; two-person SKUD 18; and the three-person Sonar.

The ceremony to mark the lighting was hosted by LOCOG Paralympic Sailing Manager Peter Allam, an Olympic bronze medallist in the mixed two-person heavyweight dinghy at Los Angeles 1984.

The Paralympic torch relay began on 22 August, when groups of scouts kindled the four Paralympic flames on the highest peaks of each nation of the United Kingdom; Scafell Pike in England, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, and Snowdon in Wales.

On 28 August a ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium honoured the village's role in the Paralympics history. The four national flames were united in a cauldron at precisely 20:12 to form a single Paralympic flame.

London 2012 Paralympic website