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London Olympics: One Year On In Cornwall

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7:01am 26th July 2013

A Callington Olympic medalist has told Pirate FM Cornwall's had a huge boost from the games.

It is exactly a year since London 2012 was officially opened.

Now stats show eighteen thousand more of us in the Duchy have taken up a sport.

Two million pounds has been poured into Cornwall to improve facilities and participation too.

Cassie Patten won a bronze in Beijing. She said: "They believe that, obviously with a little bit of hard work and commitment and dedication, they can make it too. It's not some completely far-reached dream they will never ever get to - and I think London has helped with that.

"Since London, 1,500 schools have signed up to the scheme I have been on - that's more than ever before. That shows the amount of inspiration has given."

Helen Pascoe a local Sport Maker from Penzance said "After attending a Sport Makers workshop in Penzance, in the spring 2012, I was inspired to get a Leadership in Running Fitness qualification and set up a running club. When I took the group for their first mile run I didn't tell them!  But when they found out how far they'd run they were very pleased. And all because Sport Makers provided me with the impetus I needed to start a running club so that I could enthuse others to be active.

Charlie Harris from Padstow won Gold in Sport England's second annual Sportivate awards in recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport. The only sport Charlie had done before Sportivate was to play football irregularly. This project gave her the chance to try out a sport where the initial training isn't available locally. Charlie commented "I never really had an interest in doing sport until I tried the Sportivate sessions at the Zero Gravity Gymnastics Academy.  Now I've got a passion and I just went for it.  I'm really honoured to have been named South West and National Participant of the Year"

Investment of £2m has been secured by Cornwall's sports clubs through the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund helping to improve more than 30 sport clubs facilities and playing fields, enabling them to help more people to play sport.

Wadebridge Bowling Club who received nearly £40,000 of Inspired funding commented "We were delighted to have secured this funding, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises with a new men's toilet block and have a new and enlarged kitchen, also upgrading our outside sheds to a new larger shed for all the green machinery and bowls equipment. The success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has made grassroots investment possible and will enable us to get more adults active in Wadebridge."

Director of Cornwall Sports Partnership Mike Thomas enthused "We all have to draw our inspiration from somewhere and London 2012 put sport in the spotlight like never before giving us a great opportunity to excite people about grassroots sport in Cornwall.

"We continue to be excited about more people playing sport and estimate that there are now around 144,000 adults doing sport once per week in Cornwall which is 18,000 more than there were in 2005 when London was announced as the host city for the 2012 Games.  The job is far from done though we are heading in the right direction and we are encouraged that many others also share our ambition for a more active Cornwall."

7:01am 26th July 2013

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