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Paralympic flame visits Plymouth

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Media captionWheelchair athlete Doaa Shayea brought the flame to Plymouth from London

The flame of the Paralympic Games has visited Plymouth.

Representatives from many of the city's sports clubs and teams welcomed the flame, which arrived at the city's railway station, before it was taken to the civic centre as part of a parade.

Hundreds of people lined the route as the parade was led by the City of Plymouth Pipe Band.

The flame itself was carried in a mining lamp by 14-year-old wheelchair athlete Doaa Shayea.

'Almost cried'

Doaa, who has spina bifida, collected the flame in London and escorted it back to the city.

In the city, people marching in the parade included the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Michael Wright.

Members of Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, Plymouth Raiders basketball team and the City of Plymouth Athletics Club also joined the march, despite some bad weather.

Speaking after the parade, Doaa said it was a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

She said: "I never thought something this big could happen to me.

"I was very proud, I almost wanted to cry."

The Sir John Hunt Community Sports College student and City of Plymouth Athletics Club member is considered to be a rising star in national athletics, despite having only been competing for two years.

She recently won five gold medals at the DES National Championships in Warwick.

She said she was aiming to "be in Rio" as a competitor in the in 2016 Paralympics.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games run from 29 August to 9 September.

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