Paralympic torch at Braehead Sainsbury's

21 Aug 2012

The London 2012 Paralympics torch made its appearance in Scotland, welcomed to Sainsbury's at Braehead.

Former Paralympian James Sands welcomed the London 2012 Paralympic Games torch to Scotland. He was joined by excited school children and staff at the visit to the Sainsbury's store at Braehead.

The 36-year-old Sainsbury's employee from Paisley won gold in the 5000m at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul, China.

Veterans from the Renfrewshire-based charity Erskine and P4 pupils from Sandwood Primary School watched the arrival of the torch in store.

The Paralympic Torch is touring Sainsbury's stores across the UK, visiting one store in each region.

Staff at the Braehead store have been offering Paralympic sport demonstrations including wheelchair basketball, boccia and blind football in store since January.

The torch travelled to the Sainsbury's store at Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow city centre after visiting Braehead.

In Scotland, competitors from across a variety of disciplines are preparing for one of the biggest sporting events of their lives. They will be among 4200 athletes competing in more than 500 medal events.

Source: Evening Times - Paralympics torch