TQ3884 : Olympics Aquatics Centre, turn end, big screen and flags

taken 6 years ago, near to Stratford, Newham, Great Britain

Olympics Aquatics Centre, turn end, big screen and flags
Olympics Aquatics Centre, turn end, big screen and flags
This end of the swimming pool is used for the start of 50 metre races, and turns in longer races. The left hand side of the big screen is used to display text, lists of competitors and results. The right hand side shows TV images of competition, spectators, and medal ceremonies. Below the screen is the podium for medal ceremonies; as the photo was taken during the paralympics the podium has wheel chair ramps for access. Above the pool is a set of flags of all competing nations. By the time the racing started the stands had filled with spectators above, teams below.
Paralympics swimming
In the paralympics swimming races there are classes for physically and visually disabled competitors. There are a number of different classifications, depending on the degree of disability; the system gives close competition even between people with quite different disabilities which affect their performance to the same degree. Competitors are helped in various ways, some being helped onto the starting block, others being helped into and out of the water. Blind swimmers have helpers who tap them just before they turn or finish.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3802 8426 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.4223N 0:0.6724W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3802 8420
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NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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London 2012 Paralympics  Swimming Pool  Spectators  Flags  Big Screen 

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