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One Year To Go: Bath to play big part in 2012 Olympics – Foster

July 25, 2023 by admin in News

On 27 July 2012, the London Olympics opening ceremony will kick off the greatest sporting spectacle on Earth. With the countdown clock showing just 1 year to go, Don Foster, MP for Bath and Olympic Board Member has paid tribute to the wide and varied contribution thatBath will make to the 2012 Games.

Bath’s universities will of course play a central role:

With its internationally renowned sports facilities, The University of Bath will be home to the British Paralympic Association andMalaysia for their pre games camps.

Across the city, Bath Spa University are delivering a series of student projects exploring the history and culture of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in conjunction with Team West of England and RELAYS. The project has so far developed a primary school resource base that will become active in 2012, while the next phase will see an exhibition being produced on the Games history and culture in the South West.

Following the lead of the city’s Gold medal winner Amy Williams, many athletes based inBathand the surrounding area will also be hoping to compete in the Games. The West of England Athlete Support Scheme has provided funding to three athletes from B&NES to help their preparation: Alec Baker (Wildwater canoeing), Olivia Britton (Acrogymnastics) and Liam Ashton Farr (Judo).

A testament to Bath’s important contribution to the 2012 Olympics, BBC Radio 5 Live will mark ‘One Year To Go’ by broadcasting live from the University of Bath Sports Village on Wednesday 27th July, between 7.30 and 10pm.

The specially commissioned show called “London Calling” will be getting to know ourBathbased athletes learning about preparations, training and of course their Olympic hopes for the coming year.

Commenting, Don Foster MP stated:

“2012 has already inspiredBath. We’ve already hosted the 2008 UK School Games, have the whole British Paralympic Team and many individual Olympic athletes training here and the hugely successful Olympic Art project was based in the city.

“59 local schools are engaged in the Olympic “Get Set” educational programme, large numbers of local people are training to be volunteers at the Games and hundreds more children are joining in sporting activities and learning new sports.

“And there’s more to come with Olympic-inspired music festivals, art projects and - hopefully - a place on the Olympic Torch route with images ofBathgoing round the world to boost tourism.

Speaking on the visit of BBC Radio 5 Live to the University of Bath ahead of the ‘One Year To Go’ feature, Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, added:

“We’re delighted to be asked to host this very special edition of 5 Live Sport: London Calling.

“One Year To Go is a major landmark in the build-up to 2012 and shows that the Games - both Olympic and Paralympic - are now just around the corner.

“Athletes are training at Team Bath across a wide range of sports to compete on the greatest sporting show on earth and next Wednesday will be a good opportunity for them to talk about their preparations, their hopes and their aspirations.