Future sprint stars coming to Birmingham

By on 13/07/2011 in News

Future Usain Bolts and Asafa Powells will train in Birmingham next summer thanks to a Birmingham City Council backed fundraising dinner.

Bolt and his Jamaican team mates will complete their London 2012 Olympic preparations at Birmingham University next summer.

And the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) plans to bring the next generation of gold medal hopefuls along to experience the Olympic build-up.

Powell was one of the guests of honour as over £15,000 was raised at the JAAA fundraising dinner at the Crowne Plaza on the eve of the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix.

The 100m star was joined by Jamaica's Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, President of the JAAA, Howard Aris, President of US Track and Field, Stephanie Hightower and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Anita Ward.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “This event further cemented the growing links, both sporting and commercial, between Birmingham and Jamaica.

“We've built a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the JAAA, the Jamaican Government and the business community both here in Birmingham and in Jamaica.

“Usain Bolt and his team mates can expect a warm welcome next year and, through fundraising efforts like the dinner, we hope to welcome the next generation of Jamaican sporting stars to Birmingham.”

The Jamaicans and USA Track and Field will fine-tune their Olympic preparations in Birmingham before bidding for gold medal glory in London.

Attracting such high profile training camps is seen as a major coup for Birmingham, cementing its reputation Britain’s Sporting City.

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