Snapshots from London: Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot

The Paralympic mascot is inspired by Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, which is regarded as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
During the 1948 Olympic Games held in London, Sir Ludwig Guttmann held a sporting competition in Stoke Mandeville for World War II soldiers with spinal injuries. Gutmann had a vision of a “parallel Olympics” for athletes who had a disability and through his rehabilitation work, the Stoke Mandeville Games grew until they became formally known as the Paralympic Games first held in Rome in 1960.

St Paul’s Mandeville:


A collection of 83 sculptures of Wenlock (the Olympic mascot) and Mandeville (the Paralympic mascot) were planted at sites around London as part of a new ‘discovery’ trail to promote the Games.
Each outfit represents a different element of the capital’s culture.

A few Mandeville and Wenlock I spotted:

Skyline Wenlock:

Skyline Wenlock

Maritime Wenlock:

Maritime Wenlock



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