Stoke Mandeville is to host the Heritage Flame for the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Games on 2 March 2018. After the continued local support for previous events, we hope for that involvement to continue.
The Pyeongchang Paralympic Games Heritage Flame events in March represent the prestige, pride and passion of the Paralympic Games and brings Aylesbury and Buckinghamshire to the eyes of the world. With an associated community programme, superb VIP hospitality and networking, plus local, regional, national and international visibility, the lighting of the Heritage Flame is more than a single, spectacular event - it is an opportunity to be part of something much bigger.
The first ever sporting events for disabled people were hosted at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury Vale by Dr Ludwig Guttman in 1948 and, from this spark, the global Paralympic movement was born.
We want to ensure that the place that started the Paralympic movement continues to be at its forefront, providing an environment that supports new and inclusive standards in sport, culture, health and education.
We hope that by doing this, we’ll attract new investment, develop our expertise and knowledge base and provide new and better opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy.
In 2014, the International Paralympic Committee gave Stoke Mandeville the honour of holding the first ever international leg of a Paralympic Games Torch relay.
As the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville is also recognised as the home of the Paralympic heritage flame, and will host the heritage flame lighting ceremony for all future Paralympic Games.
Stoke Mandeville Stadium is the national centre for disability sport.