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Where the games began: On 23rd July 1948, the day when the Olympic Games began at Wembley Stadium, spinal injury patients – for the most part injured Second World War soliders – met in the gardens of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, for the first ever Stoke Mandeville Games. Their doctor, Ludwig Guttmann, had battled all manner of establishment figures to stage the games, which he recognised as crucial to restoring both his patients' health and their self-esteem. His efforts were noticed by the International Olympic Committee.

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How an Aylesbury doctor's idea to help injured servicemen recover from the Second World War spawned a festival of sport

Our team is a model for other generations,’ say Dominique
(left) and Jean

Tutsis and Hutus unite to bury memory of Rwanda’s civil war

Dominique and Jean bear the scars of a brutal conflict. Then they were enemies. Now they find themselves in the same volleyball team – and a friendship has blossomed

Paralympic profile: Steve Brown, wheelchair rugby

Great Britain’s Wheelchair Rugby captain Steve Brown has a wicked sense of humour. When a Blue Peter presenter took part in a training session with the squad two years ago, he advised him to “lean forward when you’ve got the ball, to protect it.” Blue Peter shouldn’t have taken that tip at face value.

Paralympic profile: Hannah Cockroft, wheelchair racing

For Team GB’s athletics team, the Beijing Paralympics were a relative disappointment, resulting in only two gold medals. Hannah Cockroft, 20, took up wheelchair  racing around the time those Games were taking place, after being introduced to the sport by Tanni Grey-Thompson’s husband Ian, and in the intervening four years has broken 21 world records. Safe to say, the T34 world champion at 100m and 200m is one of Britain’s best track and field medal hopes this time around.

Arthur Williams

'If you’ve the chance to be a voice for paralympians, you have to seize the day’

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Paralympic athlete Dedeline Kimbata (right) is competing in the 1500m event for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kindness of a stranger lets Congolese woman race

A Congolese woman whose legs were blown off by a landmine will compete in the London Paralympics after a British woman gave her a top-of-the-line racing chair.

Jordan withdraws athletes from Paralympics over alleged sex offences during pre-Games training in Northern Ireland

Three members of the Jordanian Paralympic squad charged with sex offences will not be taking part in the Games, organisers have confirmed.

Paralympians from Russia arrive at Heathrow

Paralympians arrive as the flame is kindled

Seven-feet-tall basketballers are perusing the merchandise store. Kenyan middle-distance runners are having their hair done in the beauty salon. With under a week until the Paralympic Games' opening ceremony, the athletes' village is open for business, again.

Paralympians from Russia arrive at Heathrow

Village people bring Stratford back to life for the Paralympics

It all went quiet for a bit – but now the Paralympic athletes are arriving in force. Tom Peck meets a few medal hopefuls

Tony Nicklinson's wife, Jane, holds a photograph of her husband before his stroke

Tony Nicklinson: Right-to-die campaigner who took his case to the High Court

Locked-in syndrome is a cruel condition by which a person is able to think clearly, but as a result of paralysis is unable to move or interact normally with the world. Usually the result of a stroke or other brain trauma, the syndrome was first brought to wide public attention through the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), which told the story of the French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby.

100,000 Olympic Park tickets on sale

A total of 100,000 tickets to go to the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Paralympics have gone on sale.

King of Jordan intervenes in Paralympian sex case in Northern Ireland

The king of Jordan is taking a personal interest in the case of three members of his country's Paralympic team accused of sex offences during pre-Games training in Northern Ireland, a court heard today.

Stadium: The failure to secure a permanent tenant for the £486m Olympic Stadium has been a major hiccup in Locog’s legacy aims. Earlier efforts ended in High Court recriminations involving West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient. Athletics was to be at its core – a promise originally made by Lord Coe during the bid – and the running track will remain. Mayor Boris Johnson took the venue into public ownership and it will host the 2015 IAA F World Championships. Meanwhile a new bidding process is under way. A football tenant, almost certainly West Ham, remains the most probable outcome despite a late challenge from Formula 1 and an application to use the pared-back venue for a sports business university

Fans get extra 200,000 tickets for Paralympics

The flame for the Paralympic torch will be kindled at the summit of each home nation's highest peak

Teacher loses £5m claim for damages after being paralysed in welly-wanging accident

A teacher who was left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident on a school trip has lost his High Court claim for more than £5 million in damages.

Interest in 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has led to a surge in Paralympic ticket sales

Interest in 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius pushes up London 2012 Paralympic ticket sales

Ten of thousands of tickets have been sold in the run up to the Paralympics as people flock to see “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius and other Paralympians compete at London 2012.

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