Athletes from Hampshire swept the board at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games! Some 44 of Hampshire’s athletes competed, and they won 10% of Britain’s medal haul. What’s more, 450,000 people lined the streets of Hampshire for the Olympic Torch Relay, making it a celebration to remember for everyone.
With so many people discovering their passion for sport, the legacy of the Games is only just beginning. Here are some of the plans in the County Council’s Olympic Legacy Strategy:
This year, more athletes than ever before are receiving support from the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme. The scheme helps with some of the sacrifices that athletes and their families have to make for their sport – this means grants and help with training, equipment, physiotherapy, and travel.
Some of Hampshire's most promising athletes have received funding in previous years, including Olympic gold medallist Dani King.
In Hampshire’s schools, there will be support for teachers to make the Olympic and Paralympic values central to school life. There will be lots of resources for schools following the relaunch of the national ‘Get Set Network’ which helped schools to make the most of London 2012 in lessons and sports days.
Having devised several ‘Olympic’ walking and cycling routes during London 2012, taking in the best of Hampshire’s countryside, the Council will be continuing to develop this network of routes. The council will also be assisting with the promotion of local sporting events and activities, and providing more support to sports clubs.