Last Opportunities to Nominate a Team to Carry the Paralympic Flame

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The start of 2012 sees the last opportunities to nominate people to carry the Paralympic Flame during the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.

Last opportunities to nominate a team to carry the Paralympic Flame

Last opportunities to nominate a team to carry the Paralympic Flame

All around the UK there are teams or individuals that embody the Paralympic values and make a difference to the lives of others

The start of 2012 sees the last opportunities to nominate people to carry the Paralympic Flame during the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.

  •      Sainsbury’s nomination campaign starts today in their stores across the UK
  •     BT’s campaign has received over 500 nominations to date and runs until Friday 20 January
  •     Lloyds TSB campaign received thousands of nominations

The three Presenting Partners for the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s, are searching for inspirational Torchbearers, to work in teams of five, to carry the Paralympic Flame during an overnight Torch Relay from Stoke Mandeville to the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games at the Stadium in Stratford, East London.

Today (11/1) Sainsbury’s will launch its public nomination process, the last of the three campaigns run by the Presenting Partners. The campaign will give customers in its stores across the UK an opportunity to nominate a team or individual from their local community who they feel has inspired them. The campaign will run until Tuesday 14 February.

Successful nominees will have displayed the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality to make a difference or push the boundaries of what is achievable.

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “All around the UK there are teams or individuals that embody the Paralympic values and make a difference to the lives of others. The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay aims to recognise the contribution of some of these amazing people.

“The Sainsbury’s nomination programme is the final opportunity to put people forward, so if there is a team or individual that you feel deserves recognition for their contribution, then I would encourage you to nominate them.”

BT launched its nomination campaign on Tuesday 13 December and has received over 500 nominations so far. The campaign will run until Friday 20 January.

Lloyds TSB ran its campaign from 18 October to 22 November 2011, during which it received thousands of nominations.

The London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay programme will begin on Friday 24 August 2012 with the first Flame lighting event to be held in London. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the greater Belfast area, Edinburgh and Cardiff will each host a Flame lighting moment and an evening Flame Festival.

BT, Lloyds TSB and Sainsbury’s will also select people to carry the Flames lit in Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh during their evening Flame Festivals.

A special ceremony and final Flame Festival will be held in Stoke Mandeville, spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement, during which all four flames will be brought together to create the Paralympic Flame .

The Torch Relay will also include nominations from the British Paralympic Association and the International Paralympic Committee.

Notes to editors

Paralympic Torch Relay dates and events:
24 August 2012 – London Flame lighting event
25 August 2012 – Greater Belfast area Flame lighting event and Flame Festival
26 August 2012 – Edinburgh Flame lighting event and Flame Festival
27 August 2012 – Cardiff Flame lighting event and Flame Festival
28 August 2012 – Stoke Mandeville special ceremony to bring together all four Flames to create the Paralympic Flame and 24 hour relay begins
29 August 2012 – Paralympic Flame arrives at the Stadium in time for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games

London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, operating in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

BT is the official communications services partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.

In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group’s revenue was £20,076 million with profit before taxation of £1,717 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit http://www.bt.com/aboutbt

Enquiries relating to BT’s nomination programme for Paralympic Torch Relay Torchbearers should be made to the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369.

Lloyds TSB is the exclusive Banking & Insurance Partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and partner of the London 2012 ticketing programme and the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays. The Bank is committed to inspire and support young people, businesses and communities across Britain in the lead up to London 2012.

As a National Presenting Partner for the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay, Lloyds TSB/Bank of Scotland will be taking the spirit and inspiration of the Paralympic Flame right to the heart of communities across the UK/Scotland. Be the first to hear how to follow the Paralympic and Olympic Flames, through our customer-exclusive programme Trackside. For more information on how Lloyds TSB/Bank of Scotland is helping take the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to all corners of Britain, visit: http://www.lloydstsb.com/london2012

Sainsbury’s is proud to be a Presenting Partner of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay. Sainsbury’s is committed to promoting a healthier, more active lifestyle for all, regardless of ability, and supporting the values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality on which the Paralympic Movement was founded.

Sainsbury’s will be using its partnership of the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay to engage and celebrate those who make a lasting difference in attitudes towards disability in the UK and create opportunities for change in disabled people’s lives.
Sainsbury's is the first ever Paralympic Games-only sponsor and this landmark commitment to the Paralympic Movement is the largest sponsorship ever of a Paralympic Games.

For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 100

London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

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