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European Aquatics Championships to point up the virtues of the London 2012 legacy in the Olympic Park

European Aquatics Championships to point up the virtues of the London 2012 legacy in the Olympic Park

There’s good news and bad at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this month. The bad news - there will be no public access to the gym, fitness classes, competition pool, training pool, diving pool or crèche. The good news - this inconvenience is occasioned by the hosting of the European Aquatics Championships, the last big marker before Rio 2016. The last time this event took place in Britain was 1993.







Wickenheiser seeking eighth world title as rising tide of women’s ice hockey reaches Kamloops

 Wickenheiser seeking eighth world title as rising tide of women’s ice hockey reaches Kamloops

Two years ago Kamloops, in Canada, staged the Four Nations Cup, which served as a warm-up event for the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships it is about to host. After the home country had earned a 3-2 shoot-out win over the United States, such was the level of general enthusiasm that young female fans were still outside the arena playing street hockey at midnight.


Eddie The Eagle and the other famous Olympic underdogs

Eddie The Eagle and the other famous Olympic underdogs

As the London 1908 Olympics began, Bishop Ethelbert Talbot of Pennsylvania gave a sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral. He suggested that the struggle was more important than the prize. In the congregation that day was International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Very impressed by what he heard, Coubertin adapted the words to form the Olympic creed.







Birchfield Harriers’ Lyn Orbell – just the ticket for London 2017’s “athletics family” initiative

Birchfield Harriers’ Lyn Orbell – just the ticket for London 2017’s “athletics family” initiative

Lyn Orbell has been a volunteer at Birchfield Harriers athletics club for more than 40 years. She’s worked as a team manager, a coach, an administrator, a tea-maker, a sweeper-upper…you name it.  And right now she is feeling very excited about the prospect of watching World Championship athletics in the Olympic Stadium next summer – a prospect that has been made virtually certain by the recent ticketing announcement made by the organisers of London 2017. She is bang in the centre of their target…