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Published 26th Jul 2011

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Sports stars of the future are gathering in Centre Square this week as the countdown to London 2012 starts in earnest.

Wednesday, July 27, marks exactly one year until the start of next year’s Olympic Games and Middlesbrough will be heavily involved in the build-up.

The Middlesbrough Live Site in Centre Square will be showing the Olympic and Paralympic Games with additional activities on – it will be the place to be to back our athletes as they compete on the world’s greatest stage.

Home-grown Team GB stars including long jumper Chris Tomlinson will be in the hunt for gold medal glory – and there’s plenty of opportunity for local people to get involved along the way.

To celebrate the Year to Go all are welcome at a special screening of BBC One’s Olympics 2012: One Year to Go on the Big Screen at 7pm on Wednesday featuring coverage from Trafalgar Square.

And Middlesbrough Council’s Sports Development team are developing a special ‘Middlesbrough 2012 – 100 Days of Sport’ programme aimed at showcasing sports which can be enjoyed by amateurs and professionals alike.

Activities will take place from May 5 to August 12 with the aim of inspiring the people of Middlesbrough to take up a new sport or return to one they may not have done for a while. 

Sports already confirmed in the programme are badminton, canoeing, fencing, judo, netball, orienteering, triathlon, and volleyball with many more to be added over the next few months.  Other highlights of the 100 days will include:

  • The Olympic 2012 Torch Relay coming through Middlesbrough on the June 17
  • A recreation by school children of the London 1948 Torch Relay using an original torch
  • Exchange visits by students to London to see the Olympic site
  • Major sports events shown on the Centre Square Big Screen
  • Middlesbrough Olympians past and present and local heroes making appearances in the town centre

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The excitement is mounting ahead of next year’s games and with a year to go, Middlesbrough has a very real role to play.

“It’s fantastic that the town’s rich sporting heritage has been recognised with a place on the Torch Relay Route, and there’s plenty of opportunity for our sports stars – and the talent of the future – to get involved.

“Of course we’ll all be glued to the Big Screen as the world’s finest athletes battle it out for gold, silver and bronze.

“But it’s as much about ordinary people having a go at a great variety of sports and getting fitter and healthier into the bargain.”

Would you like to see your sporting organisation take part in the programme or do you know a local athlete who could be featured? If so, contact Sheila Boyes on 01642 515613.

Useful links

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