Tuesday 27th June
Five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft throws support behind #FillTheStadium ahead of World Para Athletics Championships London 2017
- Championships kick off the Summer of World Athletics on 14 July and fans are urged to get behind the world’s best at London Stadium
- British greats including Dame Barbara Windsor, Colin Jackson and Helen Glover come together to create special videos here and here
- Adult tickets for £10 and children’s tickets for £5 available across all 16 sessions, available to buy now at https://tickets.london2017athletics.com/
Five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft has joined a host of stars of sport and showbusiness in voicing her support to #FillTheStadium ahead of next month’s World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.
Cockroft, also a seven-time world champion, is the latest in a long list of British greats urging fans to come and support the best Para athletes in the world at the London Stadium between 14-23 July.
Dame Barbara Windsor, Colin Jackson, Gabby Logan, Gail Emms, Alex Brooker, Jermaine Jenas, Linford Christie, David Weir and Helen Glover have all come together to support #FillTheStadium with two special videos here and here.
Organisers are already celebrating record sales with more than 230,000 tickets sold – bigger than all of the previous eight editions of the World Para Athletics Championships combined and the biggest ever outside of a Paralympic Games.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast today Hannah Cockroft said: “I truly believe we can fill that stadium. I know we can put on a good show. I have been with the whole British team training and we have got the strongest team we have ever had. We want to fill that stadium. We want bums on seats. We know the British crowd love Para sport and we are ready to put on a good show. My first final is the opening night so I would love to have you there.
“Over 100,000 schoolchildren are coming to watch us compete and that is going to be absolutely fantastic. The London 2012 Paralympic Games were massive. It is tough in an athlete’s head because that is what we want to recreate. We are thinking about London and we are thinking ‘remember those days of 80,000 people’. The biggest crowd we can get would be wonderful and it is going to be great.
“It is exciting that the Para athletes get to go first, we are not the after show for once, we are the main event. We normally run off momentum but the fact that we have sold 230,000 tickets off our own backs, off people wanting to come and watch Paralympic sport, I am really impressed by that. A few years ago you couldn’t have said that.”
The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium from 4-13 August.
It is the first time ever both the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships are being held in the same city in the same summer and is the biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with 30 sessions scheduled across 20 days.