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Lee Valley Velodrome in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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Dominating the Lee Valley VeloPark area in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the iconic, award-winning, 6,000-seat Velodrome which was the scene for Olympic glory in the London 2012 Games.  Team GB dominated the track cycling competition winning seven out of a possible ten gold medals plus one silver and one bronze. The GB Paralympic track cycling team won a total of 15 medals, comprising five golds, seven silver and three bronze.

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The work on the Velodrome began in 2009 and was completed in 2011 with an estimated cost of £105 million. It was the first Olympic Park venue to be completed and was designed Ron Webb, who designed the velodrome tracks for the Sydney and Athens Games. The 250-metre track was made with 56 km (35 miles) of Siberian Pine and 350,000 nails.

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The indoor Velodrome is one of the fastest track in the world and has staged a number of major international events since the Olympics including the final of the Revolution series,  the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. On 7 June 2015 Sir Bradley Wiggins broke the UCI Hour record at the Velodrome, setting a distance of 54.526 km (33.881 miles).

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Unlike many major arena, it is possible for visitors to use the track and book an introduction to track cycling with a one hour session. Everyone from beginners to elite riders are able to ride the track at this iconic venue on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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See Video Review here

For more information about the Velodrome , visit the Lee Valley VeloPark website here

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Parallel London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 4th September 2016

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In the build-up to the Rio Paralympics, Parallel London celebrates the fourth anniversary of the 2012 Paralympics with a national celebration of diversity in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

There is a challenge for everyone where you can take your place on the start line for five very different fun push/run events. There are events for all ages and all abilities. You can Run, walk, wheel, push, or anything in between.

As well as the sporting activities, there will be a large free family festival showcasing the very best accessible attractions and entertainment across technology, art and culture, food and drink, health and fitness and much more.

The festival is open to everyone and actively encourages people who consider themselves to have any kind of disability, long-term injury or illness – mental or physical – to step up to some of the challenges and try something new.

If you would like more information, visit the Festival website here

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National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 3rd September 2016

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To celebrate start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016 offers a fantastic free summer festival where you can try Paralympic Sports and enjoy an incredible line-up of deaf and disability arts. Everyone is welcome at National Paralympic Day and Liberty Festival 2016, which has some of the most accessible and inclusive facilities in the UK.

Times: The event starts at 1pm and finishes at 6pm.

Location: South Park Lawn.

Here is the full programme of activities taking place for National Paralympic Day:

Paralympics GB Carnival

Boccia

Cycling

Equestrian

Goalball

Para Triathlon

Shooting

Table tennis

Sitting volleyball

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair tennis

Judo

Paralympics GB fan zone where you can meet athletes, take photos with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch and more

Try inclusive sports  

Athletics

Mini golf sessions

Football

Activity Area (2-3 x static rowing machines; Speed bounces; Mini-hurdles; Bean-bag throws; Balance board)

Netball

Dance taster sessions

Hula hoop Fitness

Skip fit

Tennis – (mini) taster activity / wheelchair tennis

New age kurling

All ability bike try-out  – up to 15 bikes for adults and children

Boxing

The programme for the Liberty Festival:

Music 

UP! The Orchestra of Unlimited Potential / UP! A Orquestra de Potencial Ilimitado

Mind the Gap band, featuring Jez Colborne

Kris Halpin

Billy Saga, in association with Drake Music

Hemingway

Rockinpaddy, featuring John Kelly

Monica Vasoncelos

Victoria Oruwari

Lizzie Emeh Big Band

Film

Short films curated by Together! 2012

Dance 

“Embrace”, Deaf Men Dancing

Marc Brew Company’s ‘Uchronia’, presented by Sadler’s Wells

The Big Dance Bus featuring Candoco, Corali and WDSA

“Grotteschi”, Touch Compass

Installations and Visual Arts

Colourscape, “Symphony of the Senses” featuring Laura Dajao

Jason Wilsher Mills

James Lake

Poetry and Spoken Word

Owen Lowery in collaboration with Gijs van Bon’s “Skryf” (Sand Writer)

Jack Dean

Cian Binchy (Access All Areas), Madhouse

Rowan James

Together! 2012 tent (music, poetry, comedy, dance)

Street Theatre and Aerial performance

“Nodus Tollens”, Deaf and Hearing Ensemble

“Bingo Lingo”, Daryl Beeton and Nicola Miles Wildin

“Sailing Through The Dark”, Amelia Cavallo

“Natural Diversions”, (Together! 2012)

If you would like more information, visit the Festival website here

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The Anniversary Games at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 22nd and 23rd July 2016

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The Anniversary Games consists of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League and IPC Grand Prix Final and will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 22-23 July. Since first being held in 2013, some of the world’s greatest athletes have competed in the event at the former Olympic Stadium.

It is considered one of the best athletics meetings in the world, and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt will set be competing on Friday 22nd July.

The Stadium will play host to the prestigious IAAF Diamond League meet on 22-23 July, the IPC Grand Prix Final will also be incorporated into Saturday’s programme.

Many of the world’s best athletes and paralympic stars will be competing before they head to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Provisional Event Timings:

Friday 22nd July 2016:

Doors Open: 17:00

First Event: 20:00

Final Event: 22:00

Saturday 23rd July 2016:

Doors Open: 11:00

First Event: 12:00

Final Event: 17:00

For more information and tickets, visit the British Athletics website here

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European Aquatics Championships at the London Aquatics Centre – 9th to 22nd May 2016

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The iconic London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park welcomes Europe’s best synchronised swimmers, divers and swimmers for the European Aquatics Championships between the 9th and 22nd May.

Over the two weeks, history will be made as mixed gender synchronised swimming and mixed gender synchronised diving are included on a European Aquatics Championships schedule for the first time. There are also four combined synchronised swimming and sessions, another first for the event.

The UK hasn’t hosted the European Aquatics Championships since 1993 with the event set to be the biggest to be held at the London Aquatics Centre since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

It will be the last chance to watch Britain’s and Europe’s best in major competitive action before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.The British Diving team will feature world medallists Tom Daley, Jack Laugher, Chris Mears and Rebecca Gallantree.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Euroaquatics  website here

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Basketball: London Lions at the Copper Box in April 2016

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London Lions will hope to add impetus to their season by winning their home matches in April at the Copper Box.

Worcester Wolves are their first opponents followed by Newcastle Eagles, before taking on the on form Leicester Riders.

Currently in sixth, the Lions need to find some consistent winning form to push them up the table .

Fixtures

Apr 8, 2016,
London Lions vs Worcester Wolves
Apr 10, 2016,
London Lions  vs Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
Apr 17, 2016,
London Lions   vs  Leicester Riders

The recent NBA games at the O2 have been a sell out indicating there is plenty for interest in Basketball. If you are one of those interested, London has its own professional team which plays in the iconic Copper Box in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Whilst the history of Basketball in the capital is sketchy, the London Lions are hoping to forge a sustainable future by developing promising English players and working with the local communities.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the London Lions website here

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Basketball: London Lions at the Copper Box in March 2016

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London Lions will hope to shake of their inconsistent start to the season with a couple of matches in March at the Copper Box.

Surrey Scorchers are their first opponents followed by Cheshire Phoenix, these are vital games after a tough run of away matches.

Currently in sixth, the Lions need to find some consistent winning form to push them the table .

Fixtures

22/03/2016
London Lions v Surrey Scorchers
30/03/2016
London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix

The recent NBA games at the O2 have been a sell out indicating there is plenty for interest in Basketball. If you are one of those interested, London has its own professional team which plays in the iconic Copper Box in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Whilst the history of Basketball in the capital is sketchy, the London Lions are hoping to forge a sustainable future by developing promising English players and working with the local communities.

For more information and to book tickets, visit the London Lions website here

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