Olympic aces at legacy plan launch

photohows (L ' R) Ev Van Gemeren (from Wingerworth Fencing Club), Simon Wilson, Maddie Thompson, Cllr Carol Hart (Chair of Derbyshire Sport), Annie Last, Ross Davenport and Andrew Randall (from Snapdragon T'ai Chi).
photohows (L ' R) Ev Van Gemeren (from Wingerworth Fencing Club), Simon Wilson, Maddie Thompson, Cllr Carol Hart (Chair of Derbyshire Sport), Annie Last, Ross Davenport and Andrew Randall (from Snapdragon T'ai Chi).
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Work to ensure that Derbyshire enjoys a real and lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been outlined with the launch of a new county plan for sport and active recreation.

‘Beyond 2012: A plan for Sport and Active Recreation in Derbyshire 2012 – 2015’ includes ambitions to increase the number of people of all ages and abilities who regularly take part in sport and active recreation; to boost the number of Derbyshire athletes competing nationally and internationally; and to increase the number of organisations who are contributing to the development of sport in Derbyshire.

Around half of all adults in Derbyshire do not currently play sport or take part in active recreation such as walking or cycling, and the Plan includes details of various ways this is being tackled to get more people more active.

It also highlights other significant challenges such as encouraging more young people to become more active, reducing barriers to sport for people from minority groups, and providing more support to sports clubs and those involved in sports volunteering.

Cllr Carol Hart, chairman of Derbyshire Sport, said: “In 2009, we launched ‘2012 and Beyond – A Plan for Sport and Active Recreation in Derbyshire 2010 – 2015’, and during the last three years some great progress has been made.

“As we come to the end of the London 2012 Games the time is right to refresh this plan and its ambitions and targets, build on the successes and tackle some of the challenges with new drive and energy.

“The political importance and profile of sport and active recreation has never been greater and the expectation of a strong sporting legacy from the 2012 Games gives us a great opportunity to move forward and achieve our goals.”

More than 100 people who are involved in sport in Derbyshire, including representatives from local authorities, national governing bodies of sport and schools, attended the launch of the Plan.

The event also celebrated some of the great work that has taken place in sport in Derbyshire in the past year, and guests heard from Derbyshire athletes Annie Last, Ross Davenport, Maddie Thompson and Simon Wilson, who were among those who competed at the 2012 Games.

Mountain-biker Annie, from Great Longstone, finished in eighth place in the cross country mountain bike race at the 2012 Olympic Games. She was the first British woman to qualify for the MTB event since 2000.