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Jess Stretton
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This website does not normally feature events in Aylesbury — the town has plenty of its own communication channels — but this occasion seemed well worthy of coverage.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium celebrates the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Paralympic movement

This Sunday (29th July) Stoke Mandeville Stadium, wheelchair sports charity WheelPower and the National Spinal Injuries Centre will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Paralympic movement by hosting a special archery competition at the Stadium.

The event will recreate the first archery competition for disabled people, the first Stoke Mandeville Games which was organised by Sir Ludwig Guttmann — founder of the Paralympic Movement. That first event took place on 29th July 1948 to coincide with the Opening Ceremony of the 1948 London Olympic Games.

This year's event will mark 70 years of the Paralympic Movement and patients from the National Spinal Injuries Centre in Stoke Mandeville and other paralysed men and women will take part in the archery competition supported by Paralympians Jess Stretton, gold medalist in Rio 2016 who started at WheelPower Sports Camps as a junior and Fred Stevens, who has coached archery at many events at Stoke Mandeville.

VIP Guests will include Eva Loeffler and Dr Dennis Guttmann — Guttmann's children who both attended the first Stoke Mandeville Games 70 years ago — and Martin McElhatton, WheelPower Chief Executive

The venue is the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP21 9PP

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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