APRIL 29 – A MAJOR new training facility to help Britain’s rowers to train for the 2012 Olympics and named after the sport’s two greatest names was opened today. The £13 million Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake and Sherriff Boathouse in Caversham near Reading was officially opened by Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent (pictured).
MAY 8 – BRITISH ATHLETICS has benefited from the London Olympic “effect” by signing another major sponsorship deal just a month after getting £50 million backing from Norwich Union. Vonage, an Internet telephone company, have signed up to become the official telecoms sponsor to UK Athletics and will set up Team Vonage to financially support a group of elite stars tipped for success in 2012.
MAY 11 – FOOTBALL has been warned again that it faces being dropped from the 2012 London Olympics unless it agrees to implement a worldwide code on doping that has been ratified by nearly every other major sport and Government.
MAY 15 – THE MYSTERY venue that wants to stage the shooting events at the 2012 Olympics if London officials can be persuaded to move them can be revealed by insidethegames.
August 3 - Construction of a £38 million sports centre in Basildon earmarked as a potential training camp for Russia in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics will begin in October, it was has been announced.
July 22 - Speedo, the swimwear firm which helped Rebecca Adlington achieve two gold medals at last year's Olympics, is to move to a new £10 million headquarters in Nottingham, they have announced.
July 22 - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Adecco have extened their co-operation to deliver the "Athlete Career Programme" to Paralympic athletes until the London 2012 Games, it was announced today.
July 20 - The ASA today revealed how it will help shape the Government’s Free Swimming initiative, one of the main legacy promises of London staging the 2012 Olympics, and help encourage more people to take it up.
By Duncan Mackay
March 22 - BT, a tier-one London 2012 sponsor, have signed nine-times Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson (pictured) and Nathan Stephens, who has competed in both the Winter and Summer Paralympics, as ambassadors.
SEPTEMBER 14 - Athletes with intellectual disabilities are set to be allowed to compete again at the 2012 Paralympics in London after what will have been a 12-year absence.
By Duncan Mackay
September 8 - Britain's Stephen Miller completed a hat-trick of titles in the club at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen today.
He replaces the outgoing chairman Mike Brace.
Reddish competed in the Paralympics in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney before stepping into the role of national performance director for disability swimming at British Swimming in 2003.
Ann Cutcliffe was re-elected to the position of vice-chair having first taken up the role in 2004 having formerly been team manager of the Para-equestrian dressage in Sydney in 2000.
The board will then be made up of treasurer Paul Masters, a qualified accountant who worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 23 years.
He has been treasurer of Disability Snowsport UK since 2002.
These members will be joined on the board by re-elected trustees Jon Morgan, from Disability Sport Wales, Richard Callicott, from the British Volleyball Federation and Jon Amos, from the British Weightlifting Association, plus returning member Sue Wolstenholme, from the Tennis Foundation and new trustee Annamarie Phelps from the Amateur Rowing Association.
ParalympicsGB Chief Executive Phil Lane said: “I would like to welcome Tim into the position of chairman and look forward to working with him in the run-up to the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.
"It’s superb to see that we have such an experienced group of board members to take us forward in the next Games cycle; however it’s also refreshing to see new faces on our board.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Brace for all his hard work as chairman over the last eight years - his dedication and enthusiasm for Paralympic sport is an inspiration and he has been a pleasure to work alongside.”