Stratford, London - British World Paralympic javelin gold medalist, Nathan Stephens, today joins Belgian’s leading Paralympic wheelchair tennis player, Annick Sevenans and French Paralympic fencing champion, Moez el Assine, at Eurostar’s Stratford depot to reveal the unique modifications being made to Eurostar trains to enable the French and Belgian Paralympic teams to travel to the London 2012 Paralympic Games together.
Eurostar, the official international rail provider of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is adapting two trains to enable them to accommodate up to 18 wheelchair users who are unable to transfer from a wheelchair to a seat, as well as a number of wheelchair users who can transfer to a seat, and other Paralympic athletes with special travel needs.
These unique modifications are the result of a new partnership between Eurostar and the French and Belgian National Paralympic Committees, which will see the high-speed rail operator proudly carry the French and Belgian Paralympic teams to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The specially adapted services mean that the French and Belgian teams will be virtually the only Paralympic teams that can travel to the games together.
The majority of the French and Belgian Paralympians will travel to London on two specially chartered Eurostar services on the 25 and 26 August and then make their celebratory, homecoming journey to Paris and Brussels on the 10 September.
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