We can all be Olympic winners

By on 02/02/2010 in Blog

steve hollingworthAssistant Director of Sport and Events Steve Hollingworth on why attracting high profile teams to Birmingham for the 2012 Olympic Games can inspire people across the city.

American sprint star Carmelita Jeter was in Birmingham yesterday, checking out the facilities her USA Track and Field team mates will use in the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

And, as she visited the High Performance Centre at the Alexander Stadium, the second fastest woman ever took time out to speak to young members of Birchfield Harriers, offering tips and advice while asking about their ambitions for 2012 and beyond.

For a selection of Birmingham's top young athletes to meet such a high profile star is an amazing opportunity. Carmelita and her coach John Smith clearly took their status as role models seriously and were really inspirational.

The best thing is we can expect much more of the same in the build-up to 2012.

USA Track and Field take this sort of thing seriously. They want to reach out the people in the community and we can expect a number of visits and events in the build up to 2012.

Attracting high profile teams to train in Birmingham ahead of the Olympic Games - and of course we also have a Memorandum of Understanding with Jamaica -  is only part of the story. We want to enthuse the people of Birmingham, inspire not only our young athletes but the residents of the city in general.

We can't all be Olympic athletes but we can all make sport and exercise a bigger part of our lives.

Whether you jog or cycle around one of our many wonderful parks, visit our swimming pools and leisure centres or simply go for a walk beside the canal, for most people the benefits of regular exercise are life enhancing.

So, while Carmelita and the youngsters from Birchfield Harriers have lofty ambitions for 2012 and beyond, why not set your own targets and take advantage of the many sporting opportunities available here in Birmingham?

Find out more: www.birmingham.gov.uk/sport

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