Sporting hero Jonathan Edwards visits the West

Issue date: 03 September 2009

Jonathan Edwards Circus acrobats will mingle with figures from the worlds of sport, education, politics and business on 11 September to celebrate the benefits of the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics for the West of England, covering Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas.

The event is being organised by Team West of England (TWE), which consists of representatives from local Universities, unitary authorities, businesses and the West of England Sports Trust (WESPORT). TWE aims to ensure that through the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games the West will benefit from a long-lasting legacy of improved opportunities for sport, culture, tourism and enterprise.

TWE is inviting guests to celebrate the last two years of success in building the Olympic Legacy in the West of England and to look forward to the next three years of opportunities.

Speaking at the event will be Jonathan Edwards CBE, athlete representative on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group. Also speaking will be Don Foster, MP for Bath and Chair of Team West of England.

The event will take place from 12.00 – 14.00 in the new foyer of the Colston Hall, Bristol. Cirque Bijou and the Desperate Men theatre group will showcase their talents during the event, as partners with TWE through their association with QUEST, the organisation promoting the Cultural Olympiad.

Outline Programme

12 noon – 12.30 – Guests arrive
12.15 onwards – performances from Cirque Bijou and Desperate Men
12.45 - Introductions and Welcome from Don Foster MP
12.50 – Presentation from Jonathan Edwards CBE

Don Foster said, “TWE's 2012 Legacy Plan is a catalyst for developing partnerships between local councils, universities, cultural and sporting organisations and businesses in the West, enabling them to capitalise on opportunities and build a lasting legacy for the West of England.

“We have achieved much already, including bidding for and hosting the 2008 UK School Games and creating a Sporting Legacy Fund for talented athletes and grassroot projects. There is also the fantastic achievement of the University of Bristol in securing the Kenyan Olympic Team to use their facilities as a Pre Games Training Camp and the University of Bath in securing the Great Britain Paralympic Team.

“However, now as the build-up to 2012 gathers pace during the next three years we hope to engage more partners, develop new relationships and create more and more opportunities for 2012 to impact upon the lives of people in business, people in sport and people in the community.”

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