March 3, 2014 – NASSA founder Natasha Hart passed over the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics Flame in London’s Trafalgar Square yesterday.
Accompanied by British Paralympic Association Chairman Tim Reddish, Natasha held the Paralympic Torch aloft on a specially constructed stage in front of 8,000 people as part of the annual Russian ‘Maslenitsa’ festival. The Torch was then handed over to be flown over to Sochi where it will light the official Paralympic Flame at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics this Friday, March 9, 2014.
Natasha, who was born near to the city of Sochi in her native Russia, was chosen because of her work with NASSA helping young people in East London. She said: “It was an amazing experience, such an honour for me being Russian by birth.”