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Golden girl Dani King visits Royal Victoria Country Park

Friday, 09 May 2014

Olympic gold medal cyclist Dani King MBE will be spreading her midas touch when she visits Hampshire County Council's Royal Victoria Country Park.

On Tuesday 13 May she will be working with year 10 and year 7 pupils from Hamble College, Toynbee School and Thornden School to organise a fun cycling race.

The visit will be timely as on Sunday 11 May Dani King would have just finished taking part in the first Women's Tour of Great Britain and is preparing to take part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Keith Chapman, said: "It is wonderful Dani King is giving up her time to come to Royal Victoria Country Park and share her knowledge and experiences with local school children. Hampshire has a strong sporting heritage, with many exceptional sportsmen and women living in the county. As a teenager Dani benefitted from the County Council's grant scheme for talented athletes, which helped her establish her sporting career and achieve Olympic gold medal success. The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme goes some way to providing much needed support to these committed, talented and determined sportsmen and women. We look forward to watching the progress of our local athletes towards achieving their sporting ambitions."

Dani King said: "I'm delighted to be able to spend some time with school children so close to where I'm from in Hamble. Hopefully I can help inspire them to be Hampshire's future Olympians, and benefit from the fantastic support I received through the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme."

Dani, who is from Hamble-le-Rice, won the cycling team pursuit gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

As a teenager she cycled at the County Council's Calshot Activities Centre, in the New Forest, before going on to achieve Olympic and World Championship cycling success.

Dani benefited from Hampshire County Council's Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS) early in her career. The scheme, a joint programme between Hampshire County Council and Sport Hampshire & IOW, aims to help Hampshire's athletes achieve success on the world class stage through a range of benefits including help with training, equipment, physiotherapy, grants up to £600 and travel.

Since it started in 2008, almost 550 of Hampshire's most promising sportsmen and women have received funding, with many more benefitting from free access to training facilities.

Dani continues to be an ambassador for Hampshire County Council to help inspire more people to do sport or physical activity.

This year 160 people have been given funding or support through HTAS, which has seen its funds doubled thanks to extra funding from Hampshire County Council's Olympic Legacy Programme.

The programme was launched in July 2013, with the help of Dani King, and has awarded HTAS £92,000 per year for the next three years as an investment in Hampshire's talented athletes.

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