Friday, 27 May 2011

Chesterfield Champions Olympic Success

This month I would like to look forward to next year’s Olympics and the involvement of Chesterfield in an event that will attract a worldwide viewing audience of 4 billion, but how is it relevant to Chesterfield?  This event isn’t just about sport, it is about, business, culture and community as well.

Our last Champions Breakfast meeting focussed on the Olympics and how Chesterfield has been and how we can get further involved.

For businesses there are still a large number of contracts relating to the event to be won.  So far 7 Chesterfield companies have won contracts on the Olympic project, this helps to support local jobs and add to the kudos of our businesses.

We also have local athletes, we were fortunate enough to hear from Liam Pitchford, a commonwealth medal winner, British number 2 and hopeful member of the British Olympic Table Tennis squad, to talk about his plans over the next year in the build up for the Olympics.  Also there is Hannah Lawrence, member of the British Fencing Squad, who is proud to promote Chesterfield is one of our Chesterfield Champions.

Local artist Paul Cummins has been commissioned to produce an installation for the Cultural Olympiad, showcasing the creative talent we have in our town.

It’s also how we get involved as a community and there are a number of initiatives being developed with local schools and communities to celebrate this once in a lifetime opportunity. One example being Mandeville, the Olympic mascot, will make the school sports day extra special for pupils at Walton Holymoorside Primary School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 21 June this summer as a prize for taking part in a competition about exploring what is unique about their community.
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