London, England —
Come rain or fair weather, the 2012 Summer Paralympics were off to a brilliant start with the official opening ceremonies.
"Prepare to be inspired, prepare to be dazzled, prepare to be moved." former British Olympian and politician Sebastien Coe told the spectating crowd of 80,000 at Olympic Park.
The audience eagerly await the start of the Opening Ceremony. The theme: Enlightenment. Image: Laura Hale.
Performers at the Opening Ceremony waiting for their cue. Image: Laura Hale.
Audiences were treated to a spectacle of daring acts. Image: Laura Hale.
A jet soars above the crowd, flown by an Afghanistan veteran. Image: Laura Hale.