The Paralympic Torch Relay will help generate excitement for
the Games before the Opening Ceremony as it journeys through the UK nations.
Plans are underway for an exciting and unique Relay, which will
include a series of celebrations and events. Watch this space for more information, available later this year.
History of the Paralympic Torch Relay
The first Paralympic Torch Relay took place at the Seoul 1988
Paralympic Games, with 282 Torchbearers, of which 111 were people with a
disability. There has been a Relay at every Paralympic Games since, both Winter
and Summer Games.
Past Summer Paralympic Torch Relay Highlights
The Paralympic Flame was lit during an Aboriginal lighting ceremony at Parliament House in the presence of the Prime Minister. The Flame was transported by plane to all Australian state capitals, with a total of 920 Torchbearers.
The Paralympic Flame was lit in the Hephaestus Temple. Hephaestus was an ancient Greek god with a disability. 680 Torchbearers carried the Flame through 54 municipalities, visiting all archaeological sites of Attica and all Games venues.
The Paralympic Flame was lit in the Temple of Heaven, which is regarded as the most beautiful and elegant ancient Chinese construction. A total of 850 Torchbearers took part along two routes, split between Ancient and Modern China.
Find out about the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay