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Lincolnshire Celebrating the London 2012 Games in Lincolnshire Issue 4 | July 2012

Torch Relay Photographs from the Olympic Torch Relay in Lincolnshire

Get involved locally

Lincolnshire’s Olympians & Paralympians 16 athletes from Lincolnshire will represent GB at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer

Top tips and ideas for celebrating the London 2012 Games at home

Javelin athlete Hollie Arnold will represent GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games - meet the other 15 athletes who will be flying the flag for Lincolnshire this summer

Do you wish you had MORE MONEY to deliver sport in Lincolnshire? We can help Sportivate is a Sport England initiative to encourage “semi-sporty” teenagers and young adults to take part in sport. Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has £395,000 to allocate to ‘Sportivate’ projects over the next four years. Sports clubs, schools, community groups, NGBs, Local Authorities, Universities, Youth clubs, 6th Form and Further Educational Colleges, Leisure facilities and workplaces targeting 14 – 25 year olds can apply for funding.

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Contents On the Front Cover: 6

Torch Relay Photographs from across the county as Lincolnshire celebrated the Olympic Torch Relay.


Become a Local Leader Top tips and ideas of how to get involved with the London 2012 Games, from the comfort of your own home!


Lincolnshire’s Olympians and Paralympians We’ve profiled the 16 athletes from Lincolnshire who will be representing Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games - meet them here.

Other Features: 20

Join In Local Sport On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2012, sports clubs across the UK are being encouraged to run taster sessions for their local community - find out more about this national initiative


Your Voice Do you think the London 2012 Games will inspire more people in Lincolnshire to play sport? Hear what some sports clubs think.


Egyptian Paralympic Team in Lincolnshire From Saturday 18th - Friday 24th August 2012, the Egyptian Paralympic Team will be training in Lincolnshire prior to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Find out mroe about the team and where they’ll be training.


Who said the Olympics were all about sport? A look at the Cultural Olympiad in Lincolnshire including SO Festival 2012 in East Lindsey, and Golden Fables 2012.


Be inspired and take part If you’ve been inspired by the London 2012 Games, but don’t know how to get involved, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership can help!

Photographs from top (clockwise): Casey Stoney - Lincoln Ladies and GB Women’s Football Captain, Simon Terry - Grantham Archer and double Olympic Bronze Medallist, Lighting the cauldron in lincoln on Day 40 of the Olympic Torch Relay, Jumping Kangaroo (Roo’d) in Woodhall Spa as part of SO Festival 2012.


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Welcome Welcome to the fourth issue of Championing Lincolnshire; an online magazine specifically produced for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and it’s impact within Lincolnshire. One year ago, on Wednesday 27th June 2011, we launched the first issue of this e-magazine. Since then, we’ve interviewed potential Lincolnshire Olympians and Paralympians, looked at ways for people across the county to get involved, followed the Torch Relay and it’s route through Lincolnshire, written features about Tourism, Education and the Cultural Olympiad, and hopefully inspired more people to get involved with the London 2012 Games. Today, as we launch the latest issue of this e-magazine, days before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, excitement seems to be spreading across Lincolnshire, and the rest of the UK.

Janet Inman Chief Executive Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

This issue has once again been produced by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and students from the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, but this time there were a number of additional budding journalists from our Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP). In our special feature about Lincolnshire’s Olympians and Paralympians, we profile each of the 16 athletes who will be flying the flag for Lincolnshire at the Games. Some of our LEAP athletes were delighted to interview the county’s top athletes, either from their home town or those who compete in their own sport. Read all about the athletes and their ambitions for the London 2012 Games from page 13. As a Games Maker myself for the London 2012 Olympic Games, as you read this, I will be supporting the volleyball teams as they prepare for the biggest competition of their lives. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and something I could turn down, but equally the features about Local Leaders on page 11, Join In on page 20 and how to Get Involved in Lincolnshire on page 28, are a gentle reminder that whether you are in London or Lincolnshire - there are plenty of ways to get involved with the Games! I encourage you all to ‘Champion Lincolnshire’ throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games and hope you find this magazine interesting and informative ahead of the Games this summer. If you are inspired by the Games as much as we are at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, please visit or get in touch on 01522 585 580 - we’re here to help! Janet Inman Chief Executive Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

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This magazine has been produced by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. Contributors include: Boston Borough Council, City of Lincoln Council, East Lindsey District Council, North Kesteven District Council, South Holland District Council, South Kesteven District Council, West Lindsey District Council, Dan Brown, Bethany Walker, Shona McCallin, Emma Tonner, Becky Franks, Abigail Burr, Henry Beesley, Ranbir Bhullar, Rosie Kelly and Hayley Cook. For more information contact Hayley Cook at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Telephone: 01522 585 580 Email:


Celebrating the Olympic Torch Relay in Lincolnshire More than 100,000 people lined the streets to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay in Lincolnshire. Hayley Cook speaks to one lucky Torchbearer and showcases some of the best photographs from across the county. was a once in a lifetime experience and an honour to carry it along with so many famous people all over the country.” “We were taken to the part of the route we were running and as I got dropped off I saw my family and friends from school. It felt amazing, I felt like a superstar! As I ran with the Torch, my friends chanted my name so loudly it made me giggle and I felt amazing. Everyone was waving and cheering and I knew I was doing something really special. The Torch got a bit heavy so I swapped hands but before I knew it I was passing the flame on. Those 300 metres went so quickly but I shall remember them for the rest of my life.”

It felt amazing - I felt like a superstar...I shall remember this for the rest of my life Anya was one of 166 Torchbearers lucky enough to carry the Olympic Torch in Lincolnshire, all embracing the cheering crowds and communities who lined the route to get a glimpse of the golden flame.

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The Olympic Torch passed through every district as it made its way through Lincolnshire in June and July, with thousands of schoolchildren, parents, families and friends lining the streets to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. More than 150 inspirational people carried the Olympic Torch through streets lined with crowds from Legbourne on the East Coast to Thurlby near Bourne. 50,000 people crowded in Skegness on Wednesday 27th June, and more than 30,000 cheered on the Torch as it travelled through South Holland on Wednesday 3rd July, before it left Lincolnshire for the final time. 13-year old Anya Snow carried the flame through Winthorpe on the first day the Torch was in Lincolnshire. Anya, who combatted meningitis at the age of 9 months, was nominated for her dedication to sport in her hometown of Scunthorpe. She said carrying the Olympic Torch was nerve-racking, but exciting: “When I found out I was to carry the flame I was excited, but also a little bit scared. I started to realise how lucky and privileged I was to have been chosen. It

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Get involved locally and become a Local Leader From organising an Opening Night In to holding a Super Saturday BBQ, there are lots of ways to get involved with the London 2012 Games locally. Dan Brown signed up to become a Local Leader and looked at ways for everyone around the UK to get involved. At 9pm on Friday 27th July, 80,000 people will be fortunate enough to witness the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games live at the Olympic Stadium. If you’re not one of them, don’t despair; tips on organising an Opening Night In party is just one of the ways the Local Leader website can help you make the most of the Games from the comfort of your own home. If the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last month taught us anything, it’s that the people of this country know how to throw a darn good party. So why not dig out the bunting, dust off the flag tablecloth, and invite your neighbours over to celebrate another historical event: the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. The Local Leader website has a plethora of ideas and downloadable content to help commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event in style. From themes and decoration, to games and food, they have it covered. There’s no need to stop after the Opening Ceremony either. On the 4th August, labelled ‘Super Saturday’, a whopping 25 gold medals will be won, more than on any other day. With any luck, summer may have arrived by then, so what better way to mark the occasion than with a barbeque. Local Leaders has teamed up with The Fabulous Baker Brothers to provide recipes that will give your barbeque an Olympic twist. The website has plenty more ideas to help you make the most of the Games, including content for you to put your guests’ knowledge to the test with an Olympic Quiz, ways to celebrate the Paralympic Flame ceremony and, once the Games come to an end, ways to enjoy the Closing Ceremony. The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are for the whole country to enjoy, and even if you’re not able to attend the Games live, the Local Leader website is an excellent resource to help spread the excitement across the UK and to your local area. The website is full of imaginative and fun ways to bring London 2012 to your front door. To browse everything on offer and to receive exclusive content by signing up to the Local Leader newsletter, visit

Ways to get involved... Opening Night In Friday 27th June, 9pm - the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Holding a party? Become a Local Leader and gets lots of ideas. Super Saturday Saturday 4th August - 25 Olympic Gold medals will be won on this day. Hold a BBQ with friends and enjoy the most glittering day of the Games! Garden for the Games Did out your trowels and get planting! Use your window pot, garden or community allotment to celebrate all things floral! The Big Games Quiz Know your fencing from your Phelps? Hold a Big Games Quiz at home with friends and family. Light a Lantern Make a lantern to join the Flame Festival of the Paralympic Games - or hold a lantern procession of your own.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and Off The Bench were ‘Gardening for the Games’ at St. Giles Jubilee Halls and Church in Lincoln

Last Night of the Games It’s almost over! Whether you invite three friends or your whole comunity, send off an extraordinary summer in style!


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16 athletes from Lincolnshire will represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. In anticipation, some of Lincolnshire’s youngest athletes met their idols ahead of the biggest tournament of their lives. Members of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) which funds and supported talented young athletes across the county, had the opportunity to talk to some of Lincolnshire finest athletes ahead of the London 2012 Games this summer. 12 year old Bethany Walker (pictured) is just one of the lucky

youngsters who had the opportunity to talk to their idols. The swimmer from Washingborough near Lincoln spoke to Kate Haywood about her preparations for the Games, and other swimmers including Abigail Burr and Bethany Walker had the chance to speak to Lizzie Simmonds and first-time Olympian Sophie Allen.

Kate Haywood

25 year old Kate Haywood has been swimming since the age of 7, when her parents first took her to a swimming club in Louth. She will compete in the 100m Breaststoke, 200m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Kate finished fourth in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and is hoping to come away with a medal this summer. 12-year old swimmer Bethany Walker from Lincoln spoke to Kate about her ambitions for London 2012.

Ahead of the London 2012 Games this summer, 16 athletes will be flying the flag for Lincolnshire and representing GB. We hope that everyone will be ‘Championing Lincolnshire’ and cheering on our top class athletes – Good Luck!

Young swimmer Bethany Walker met her idol Kate Haywood ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Q. How did you feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics? A. I was very happy and excited but mainly relieved to have qualified. Q. What are you most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics? A. I’m looking forward to racing in front of 17.500 people, the atmosphere is going to be amazing! Q. What is your training regime like? A. I train everyday apart from Sunday. I do 7 or 8 pool sessions, 3 weights and 2 Pilates. Q. What do you think about when you are on the starting blocks? A. I focus on my race plan. I think about my start and getting into the pool as quickly as I can. Q. Do you listen to music before a race? If so what sort? A. No I don’t. I like to chat with my competitors. I know a lot of my competitors as we have been racing each other for many years. Q. What do you think most about during a race? A. During my race I am thinking about my stroke count, then my turn and push off, then focusing on my stroke count and length into the finish. I know how many strokes it should take me to swim 100m. Q. When did you first get started in your sport? A. I started swimming when I was about 7 in Louth. My parents took me and I instantly loved it. Q. How did you cope with your injury? A. It was difficult and I really struggled at first but I knew that I wanted to swim at London 2012 and this motivated me through a tough time and I came back stronger.

12 year old swimmer Bethany Walker spoke to Olympian Kate Haywood ahead of the London 2012 Games

Q. What advice would you give to athletes like me who are trying to compete at an elite level? A. Train hard, be determined and motivated but most of all enjoy it.


Glenn Kirkham

“Excited and very proud” were the words Alford born hockey player Glenn Kirkham, 29, described the moment he found out he was going to London as one of 16 athletes selected for the GB Men’s hockey team. Lincolnshire hockey player Shona McCallin spoke to Glenn about his ambitions for 2012. “It’s something I’ve been working towards since Bejing 2008 and I’m now thankful that the hard work has paid off. You can have all the natural talent in the world but at the end of the Shona McCallin met day hard work and Alford’s Glenn Kirkham dedication wins,” said ahead of London 2012 Glenn about his selection. His training regime building up towards the Olympics has been a long and tough one. “We have been lucky to have the support of the National Lottery which has helped fund our training and competition programme over the last four years. We train six days a week, with sessions on the pitch, gym, running, and mental training.” Glenn, known to teammates as Glenda or Kirky, has been playing hockey since the age of four, starting off at his hometown club Alford Hockey Club. He then moved to Long Sutton Hockey Club and played his first International game for England Under 15s aged just 12. Over the years Glenn has represented England at Under 16, Under 18, Under 21 and Senior level and has amassed 215 combined England and GB caps. He has won a Gold Medal at the European Championships in 2009, a Silver Medal in the Champions Trophy in 2010 (competition for top eight teams in the world) and a Bronze Medal in the European Championships in 2011. Glenn was also part of the Great Britain team that went to Beijing meaning it is not his You can first Olympic games, however he believes this have all the one will be even more special. “The chance to win an Olympic medal is what I am most natural talent looking forward to at London. I was lucky in the world enough to compete in Beijing which was a fantastic experience but the chance to win an but at the end Olympic medal in front of a home crowd takes of the day, some beating. I was lucky enough to make sure that most of my family get to see at least hard work and one our matches, which will make it extra dedication special as an athlete.” Talking about his preparations for hockey wins games, Glenn likes to keep things simple and stay relaxed. “I try not get caught up with superstitions or traditions as I feel I would start thinking more about them than the match. We make sure we eat a well-balanced meal with plenty of carbohydrates before matches, and then during and after matches we use Maxifuel recovery products to make sure we can refuel as quickly as possible. Some players like to listen to music on their own but I’m happy to sit and relax within the atmosphere of the dressing room.” Alford, Lincolnshire, is Glenn’s hometown and he believes the best thing about Lincolnshire is the pride that Lincolnshire people have in their county. Other things that you might not know about Glenn Kirkham are that his first job was selling buckets and spades at Mablethorpe beach and if he wasn’t a hockey player, he would have loved to play football professionally. His favourite hobby outside hockey is yoga and his favourite TV show as a kid was Thundercats. His preferred holiday is a beach holiday and his aspiration after hockey is to be good dad. Follow Glenn’s and GB’s Hockey progress on Twitter by following @GBHockey2012.


Emily Taylor

25 year old Emily Taylor from Washingborough near Lincoln will compete in the Eights at the London 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney. This is Emily’s first Olympic Games and she is excited about the prospects for the future. Kayaker Emma Tonner from North Hykeham spoke to Emily about how she first started rowing, her training regime, and her hopes for London 2012.

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Rob Welbourn

Deeping St. James’ Rob Welbourn goes into the London 2012 Paralympic Games as one of Britain’s best hopes for a medal. Ranbir Bhullar profiles Rob and his chances for London 2012. Although he was born in Chesterfield, Rob started his swimming career at Deeping Swimming Club in Deeping St. James in South Lincolnshire. For Rob, London 2012 will be his third Paralympic Games. In the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Rob won a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 400m freestyle event. Four years later in Beijing, he repeated his performance by winning a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, and a silver in the 400m freestyle. In major competitions, Rob has won a total of 26 medals; five golds, nine silvers, and twelve bronze.

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ow did you feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB e London 2012 Olympics? A. Relieved in some ways because it een my goal for a long time but also really excited. Our boat was yet selected on the team announcement date so I was still really us about that.

hat is your training regime like in the run up to the London 2012 pics? A lot of miles on the water and on the ergo (rowing machine) weights to keep up our power and strength. We are now on a taper in Italy so we have more intense training but less of it, whereas our amp in Germany was three weeks of hard work! We generally train ee day cycles, so for example we will do: Day 1: two hours on the , 18km ergo, weights, Day 2: two hours on the water, 80mins on the including some slightly higher intensity, weights, Day 3: race pieces high intensity session, 60 mins technical on the water and then the oon off! We look forward to the afternoons off on training camp usually involve shopping, coffee or ice cream!! The training is very and you miss out on a lot of things but you hope that it will be worth he end. Being on training camp a lot of the time is difficult in some because you always miss home but it is really useful to get into our ttle rowing bubble and get a chance to recover properly between ons.

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Sophie Bradley 22 year old Lincoln Ladies defender Sophie Bradley will compete in not only her first Olympic Games, but also GB Women’s Football’s first Olympic Games. With no women’s football tournament in an Olympic Games from 1896 - 1992, and no GB team entered from 1996 - 2008, the London 2012 Olympic Games will be the first time that female footballers will represent Team GB at an Olympics. Sophie did however travel to the Beijing 2008 Olympics with the British Olympic Association (BOA), in support of the GB Men’s Football Team. Born in Nottingham, Sophie’s football career started at Notts Forest, before joining Leeds United. In 2010, she signed for Lincolnshire side Lincoln Ladies, and was instrumental in persuading several of her Leeds United teammates to sign for Lincoln also. Sophie will play alongside Lincoln Ladies defender and Team GB Captain Casey Stoney.

Q. Have you had any major set backs during your career? If so, how did you overcome them? A. I’ve had a few injuries but they have usually fallen at convenient times of the year. This season I sufffered with a back injury before Christmas but it was almost a blessing because the rehab process meant that I came back a much better athlete and was able to make some big technical changes. The main issue I had was when I had over-trainning a couple of years ago - when that happens there is nothing you can do apart from rest for a few weeks. It is very frustrating but now that has happened, I will never let it happen again and I am much more sensible with my training and recovery. Q. How do you keep yourself motivated? Do you have any advice for young athletes like myself? A. Always have the end goal in sight but also give yourself smaller targets along the way to keep it interesting. I think you can always keep motivated if you love what you do. The worst thing you can do is to carry on when you have lost your passion for the sport. I would say to younger athletes that they should have as much fun as possible and don’t make it too serious early on in your career. Q. What sacrifices have you found the hardest in order to be at the highest level in rowing? A. Not being able to go out with my friends as much as I would like, being away for long periods on training camps and probably sacrificing having a proper career, although I hope getting a real job won’t be too hard when I retire from rowing. Q. What are you most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics? A. Being part of a home Olympics because it will never happen again in our lifetime.

Lizzie Simmonds

Swimmer Becky Franks spoke to Lizzie Simmonds about London 2012 Games

21 year old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Simmonds from Lincoln will compete in her second Summer Olympics, after being selected for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and narrowly missing out on a medal. In London, she will compete in the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke - of which she is the current European Champion. Speaking to City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club’s Becky Franks, Lizzie said: “It feels great to be representing Great Britain in my home country. In 2008, in China, none of my family were able to watch me compete, so this year to know they’ll be cheering me on in the stands is great!” Lizzie, who began swimming at a young age in Lincoln, was spotted by a talent agent when she was just eight years old. Follow Lizzie on Twitter @QueenMond.


Kieran Tscherniwasky

Sophie Allen 20 year old Sophie Allen will compete in the 200m Individual Medley at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer. This will be the first Olympic Games for the Lincoln born swimmer who started her career at Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club. Current Lincoln Vulcans swimmer, 13 year old Abigail Burr spoke to Sophie on the day she arrived at the Olympic Village earlier this month.

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Q. Do you think to come away w and if so I believ about who are th pressure. Heckington-based Paralympic athlete Kieran Tscherniawsky started playing wheelchair basketball and powerlifting before he found his sport of Seated Discus. This year, he will represent GB in the biggest competition of his life. Ranbir Bhullar spoke to Kieran ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. As one of Britain’s credible medal I’m going hopefuls, Kieran Tscherniawsky has out there to already accomplished a lot in a relatively short space of time. In 2011, Kieran won a perform and gold medal at the English Senior hopefully Championships. In the same year, he also bring a medal won the silver medal at the Paralympic home to World Cup, which was held in Manchester. In November last year, Kieran Lincolnshire was rewarded for his efforts by being named Disabled Sports Person of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards. In spite of the accolades, Kieran is keeping calm ahead of the most important event of his young career. He said; “I’m very excited, but I don’t have time to be nervous. My nan keeps me on an even keel.” The support system Kieran has in place will be key in how he gets on at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Kieran said; “ All my family are going. All 15 of them and some more from Heckington.” It is evident that Lincolnshire is close to Kieran heart. He adds, “I’m going out there to perform and hopefully bring a medal home to Lincolnshire.” As an elite athlete, Kieran goes through a hectic training regime in order for him to be at his peak condition at the Paralympic Games. He said; “I do a six days a week training programme, throwing and gymwork, and tweaking up on my technique.” Lincolnshire has proved to be a key element in his progression to an elite athlete. Kieran gave an insight into how he got started in disabled sports. He said; “At the age of eleven, the only sport available in Lincolnshire at that time was wheelchair basketball. I played that for five years, then went into the power lifting GB development squad for 18 months because I could lift my own weight! Then I found my sport, Discus.”


13 year old swimmer Abigail Burr spoke to former Vulcan, GB Olympian Sophie Allen

Casey Stoney

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Lincoln Ladies footballer Casey Stoney will captain the Great Britain Women’s Football Tournament at the London 2012 Olympics this summer. The defender, originally from Basildon, currently captains the Football Association’s Women’s Super League side Lincoln Ladies, and will compete in her first Olympic Games. Casey, who has been capped more than 100 times for England, started her football career at Chelsea Ladies aged 12. From there, she moved to Arsenal Ladies and Charlton Athletic Ladies before taking up a scholarship at the Football Association’s National Player Development Centre at Loughborough University. Despite returning to Chelsea Ladies in 2007 as a huge Chelsea fan, Casey announced on Twitter in 2010 that she had signed for local side Lincoln Ladies. Casey will compete for GB alongside fellow teammate Sophie Bradley. Follow Casey on Twitter @CaseyStoney.

u feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics? A. When I was first selected it was an indescribable h happened all at once! Relief, excitement, disbelief, but also feelings such as self confidence and satisfaction which I personally don’t feel very y standards very high. It was nice to feels these emotions and I found it has spurred me on to feel them again!

ur training regime like? A. My training regime is pretty much the same as it has been all year; 10 two hour pool sessions, and two gym sessions. well at the Olympic Trials I knew I didn’t want to change my training drastically in the run up to the Games so I’ve focussed on tweaking the little rnt from previous races.

ou most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics? A. It is a very exciting time, especially with it being a home Olympics and everyone excited about it as well! This does make it harder for the athletes; we still have to get all the training under our belts before we can really start to re now I have been just focusing on myself and training and trying to think of it as just another gala, but today I came into the Olympic Village and g real! I’m sure my nerves will kick in closer to my race but right now im trying to stay focused on training and just enjoying the experience.

ou first get started in your sport? I went swimming with my mum and brother when I was really little it was always something mum could do My brother then went on to join the local swimming club (Lincoln Vulcans) and I always looked up to him so I wanted to join too. This eventually competitive side and I suddenly wanted to beat my brother, m there really.

e would you give to athletes like me who are trying to elite level? A. Enjoyment is the key. To get your best ou have to train hard, and to do this you have to enjoy it. To e athlete you have to put your whole heart into the job. If you are ke you an even greater swimmer and person!

k you will come away with a medal? A. My aim at the Games is with a personal best time. I’m hoping this will make it to the final; ve the medals could be anyone’s. The Olympics aren’t always he best swimmers; it’s about who can hold their nerve under

ou most looking forward to? There are so many exciting things; from different sports, competing, being able to watch the other ourse the swimming. I think one of the proudest moments for me so far was receiving my GB kit; its a day I will never forget!

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Crista Cullen 26 year old Crista Cullen was born in Boston, but first started playing Hockey aged 9 in Kenya, where she lived with her family for 12 years. With over 150 Great Britain and England combined caps, Commonwealth, World Cup and European Cup Bronze Medals, and a wealth of other accolades, this will be Crista’s first Olympic Games. 13 year old Boston tennis player Henry Beesley spoke to Crista about her aspirations for the London 2012 Games.

Boston tennis player Henry spoke to Boston hockey star Crista

Q. How did you feel when you were selected to be part of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympics? A. It is a huge honour to be picked for any Olympic team but to be picked for a home Olympics is just incredible. It is hard when so 28 athletes train full time and only 16 get picked, so I hope we are able to do those who missed out proud. Q. What are you most looking forward to at the London 2012 Olympics? A. I am most looking forward to the experience as a whole. Having worked so hard for this over 4 years, I feel like we are ready and what better opportunity to put Hockey back on the map. Q. What is your training regime like? A. Training has been since 2009 for the Olympics, thanks to National Lottery funding we have been able to have a full time centralised programme. We train everyday as a Great Britain squad; two pitch sessions a day on Monday, T uesday and Thursdays. Gym/running sessions/psychology/nutrition/ video analysis, all play their part in making our weeks very busy! Q. When did you first get started in your sport? A. I started playing hockey aged 9 in Kenya at my prep school - Banda School, where I moved just after I was born at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs.

28 year old Lincoln born athlete Rob Tobin will compete in the 4x400m with Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams and Nigel Levine, at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer. Tobin recently won a Silver medal in 400m at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki on 29th June 2012, and has a Personal Best in the 400m sprint of 45.01 seconds. This will be Tobin’s third Olympic Games after representing Great Britain at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. In Beijing, Tobin produced his best performance in an Olympic Games when GB finished 4th in the 4×400, in a total time of 2 mins 58.81 secs.

Q. Do you think you will get a medal at the Games? A. We have trained with a gold medal winning mentality throughout our preparations, so we are very much in the hunt for medals especially the gold. We are ranked 4th in the world and have risen from 8th consistently being in the medals for the last 3 years so things are looking positive, we just need to make sure we perform consistently throughout. Q. What advice would you give to athletes like me who are trying to compete at an elite level? A. I would say that none of the athletes competing at the games haven’t had some ups and downs in their careers. It is how you pick yourself up and react to a disappointment that is what is important. You have to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your dream.


The GB Women’s Hockey Shona McCallin met team certainly aren’t Lincoln’s Georgie Twigg going to the London ahead of London 2012 2012 Olympic games to make up numbers. “We’re going for Gold,” says Lincoln hockey star Georgie Twigg. Lincolnshire hockey player Shona McCallin spoke to Georgie about her hopes for Gold. “We have a really good chance at London. We’re currently 4th in the world but got a Silver medal at the recent Champions Trophy – a competition between the top eight sides in the world.” Georgie, known to friends as Twiggy, was recently selected as one of 16 athletes to represent Great Britain at London 2012. “I couldn’t quite believe it when I opened up the email saying I’d been selected for the Olympics, it was pretty surreal! I was at home so ran into my parents room screaming and very excitable!” Home for Georgie is Doddington, Lincolnshire, however she has been based down in London at Bisham Abbey for the last few years where the Great Britain hockey team are based training hard daily. Alongside training, Geogie has also been completing her Law degree at Bristol University meaning it can be quite busy. She said: “A lot of hard work and dedication is required to achieve your goals and there are a lot of highs and lows but it’s worth it in the end.” Georgie, 21, has been playing hockey since then age of 7, starting out at Lincoln I have a Hockey Club, before progressing through superstition to school, county, regional and international ranks. She has played for England at all ring my Dad age groups and gained her first Senior before every England cap in 2010. Now, Georgie is looking towards London game, I then 2012 and cited “the moment when you take try to visualise your first step onto pitch” as the moment myself in the she is most looking forward to this summer. will prepare in her own individual way game and listen She for this moment: “Mentally, I have a to my iPod superstition to ring my Dad before every game which puts me in a good frame of mind. On the bus I then try and visualise myself in the game and listen to a set playlist on my iPod. Physically we have a set warm up that we’ve been doing for the last few tournaments so we all know what to expect and it gets us just right ahead of the game raring to go. We’ve worked closely with a nutritionist over the last few years so we know now what works for us on game days and what to eat to get us the best prepared for the match.” Making the London 2012 Games even more special will her family and close friends who will be watching her play. “We have been really lucky to have GB Hockey as a governing body as they have enabled us to have quite a few tickets for each game so all my family and close friends are coming to watch at least one game.” Georgie says the most influential coach in her career so far is Martin Jones, ex-England international and head of hockey at her school, Repton School. Away from her busy hockey life Georgie likes to go shopping with her friends and cites bowling as a sport she is really bad at. Her favourite place in Lincolnshire is home, Doddington, and if she wasn’t playing hockey she would have loved to play tennis professionally. She has big ambitions after hockey to become a successful lawyer. She loved Blue Peter as a kid and presented flowers to the Queen aged five in Lincoln. You can follow Georgies progress this summer on Twiter by following @georgietwigg and @GBHockey2012.


Jamie Carter

Tuesday 10th July 2012 will be a day that Jamie Carter will nev forget. It was on that day, he was selected for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Ranbir Bhullar profiles the 17 year old from Lincolnshire who only started wheelchair racing two years ago In 2009, after attending a County Athlete Assessment Day (CAA people with a disability, Jamie, who has cerebral palsy, was highlig having potential in wheelchair basketball, table tennis, boccia and athletics. Although he was already a successful wheelchair basktet player, in 2010, he attended another CAAD and began wheelchair Jamie was selected for the T34 100m and 200m at the London 2 Paralympic Games earlier this month. The teeanager from Binbrook currently attends the Grimsby Insti is a member of the Cleethorpes Athletic Club. He won the Young D Sportsperson of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards

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22-year old para dressage rider Sophie Wells is a determined young lady. Rosie Kelly spoke to the University of Lincoln student about her selection for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The first dressage rider to compete in both the able-bodied and para categories at the Young Rider European Championships, Sophie, who was born with Amniotic Band Soph com Sydrome, has never let adversity get her down. “I lost many fingers along with movement and feeling in my the L 2012 feet, and it also caused nerve damage in my lower legs. I still Para have nerve problems which bother me on bad days, but I’m Gam lucky to get a lot of help when I need it.” Sophie was selected onto the development programme for World since then. Sophie remembers finding out about the successful Olym were on a break when I got the message! I was only 15, but it was s working towards 2012 since 2003. I’ve put everything into it as I didn Sophie has been riding since she was seven and uses specially a Because she also competes in able-bodied categories, she has also Sophie will ride her horse Pinocchio (Noki) at the London 2012 Ga being selected for the GB Paralympic squad as a dream: “It was ver with my friends and idols is a great honour. Noki is going really well London. I’m very lucky to have been selected with Reece in reserve So what’s next for the r I’ve been working towards “Definitely 2016, but the 2012 since 2003! Games before then and a

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Boston-born Hockey player Hannah MacLeod will compete for Team GB alongside fellow Lincolnshire athletes Georgie Twigg and Crista Cullen. The 28 year old who now lives in Maidenhead, is one of seven women’s players to be making their Olympic Games debut, and in Hannah’s case - despite starting her international career nine years ago. Hannah studied sport and exercise science at Loughborough University before completing a PhD in environmental physiology, hydration and elite performance at Nottingham Trent University. Follow Hannah on Twitter @HannahMacLeod6.

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Having competed in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, 17 year old Hollie Arnold will already be familiar with the attention and pressure that will be on her. Ranbir Bhullar profiles the javelin athlete ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A former member of the Cleethorpes Athletic Club, Hollie is currently ranked 2nd in the world in the F46 Javelin, and one of Britain’s best hopes for a medal. At Junior World Level she has also competed in Discus and Shot Putt, but her main sport is Javelin. In the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, Hollie came 11th in the Javelin F42-46 category. But 2011 was to be a landmark year in Hollie’s career as an athlete. She won a bronze medal in the F46 Javelin at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and has continued her good run of form by winning a silver medal in the F46 Javelin at the 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships in Stadskanaal, Holland. Although Hollie now lives in Wales, the Holton-le-Clay athlete will be flying the flag for Lincolnshire this summer!

Simon Terry Bronze Olympic Medallist Simon Terry from Grantham will compete in both the Individual and Team Archery events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 38 year old will compete in his third Olympic Games. He made headlines at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games as the first Briton in 84 years to win an Olympic medal in the individual archery event. He topped this by winning a Bronze medal in the Team event and came away with two medals at his first Olympic Games, aged just 19. Following the 1992 Olympics, Simon retired from the sport. In 2005, after 12 years retirement, he rejoined the sport he loved and was named as part of the Bejing 2008 Team GB squad, seeded 7th. Unfortunately, Simon left disappointed after losing to the 58th seed in the first round. Now, Simon wants to win a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

Class Riders in 2003, and has been focused on London 2012 mpic bid. “I was at school, waiting for my mum to text me and we still a big moment. The Games mean an awful lot to me. I’ve been n’t want to look back with regrets on the opportunity I’ve had.” adapted reins and bridle in the para events she competes in. o had to master riding with the same equipment they do. ames, with Valerius (Reese) as her reserve horse. She describes ry emotional, which I wasn’t expecting! To be selected on a team at the moment and I’m really excited to be going with him to e, and I would be as confident in the arena with either of them.” rising star of dressage? ere are two European Championships and a World Equestrian as much able bodied competing as I can!”


Saturday 18th / Sunday 19th August 2012

Join In Local Sport With the Olympic and Paralympic Games drawing ever nearer, Join In Local Sport is a campaign aiming to capture the enthusiasm of the nation and introduce people to sports in their community. To find out more, Dan Brown spoke to former middle and long-distance runner David Moorcroft, Director of Sport for the Join In campaign.

The Join In Weekend on the 18th and 19th August, immediately for local sports clubs once after the Olympic Games, gives sports clubs across the nation the Games are finished. a unique opportunity to host an event welcoming people to “The focus is primarily their sport. By simply registering their event for free online, on the weekend between organisers will receive exposure through the Join In Local the Olympics and Paralympics, but a lot of feedback we’ve had from Sport web site, social media and in the national media. governing bodies is ‘why not make it the whole duration of both Former 5,000 metres world record holder, David Moorcroft, hopes Games?’ We don’t want this to be forgotten about after one week.” the campaign will capture the excitement generated by having the Although the start of the Olympic Games is just around the Games in London, and use it to help boost involvement in sports corner, there is still plenty of time for clubs to get there event signed clubs across the country. up. David is keen to point out that the “It’s part of the legacy,” he said. event does not have to be anything “It’s about the story of where it all out of the ordinary, and can be as began. When you see Olympians and simple as a regular training session. Paralympians compete, they’re there He said: “It can be a formal club because people got it right in the or it can be a community based community. The Join In campaign is organisation that promotes sport and about taking it back to the community, physical activity. It can be a training particularly straight after the Games.” session that’s already happening, so Join In encourages people to go it can be an ordinary club night. It’s along to a near-by event on the a case of clubs opening their doors, weekend and get involved, and then putting particular emphasis whether it’s taking part, volunteering, on whatever works for them.” or simply spectating. The campaign With over 1,500 clubs already hopes to provide tangible long-term signed up nationwide, the Join In benefits to local clubs, and has Local Sport campaign is eager to get looked back at previous Olympic as many clubs involved as possible Games for guidance. before the start of the Olympics. “We saw the huge level of public Once the Games begin, the excitement and energy that was marketing campaign will go into generated in previous Games, overdrive, in an attempt to capture particularly Sydney 2000, and felt the buzz and excitement having the they were never really able to capture world’s best athletes competing in our Join In Local Sport hopes to encourage Olympians to return to their it,” said David. country will create. home club on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2012 - maybe hockey player Glenn Kikrham will return to Alford Hockey Club “Sports clubs haven’t benefitted in “At the moment the emphasis is a very systematic way, so the idea of on getting clubs and organisations Join In was to try to grab hold of that excitement and encourage as signed up. I’d like to think we’ll get nearer 3,000 ultimately, and the many clubs and community sport organisations to open their doors sooner they sign up the better, because we can start promoting and welcome people in after the Games.” their events and they can begin thinking about how they want to do While much of the focus is on the weekend, David is confident of their event,” said David. seeing benefits throughout the duration of the Olympic and “Public excitement is still building, but until the Games start Paralympic Games, which he hopes will lead to sustained support people might not yet be thinking ‘I’d like to go to a Join In event’. That will happen during the Olympics. Families, children and parents, will watch these athletes and say ‘that was great, there’s Join In is part of the legacy. It’s about the something on next week, why don’t we get involved?’” story of where it all began. When you see David was recently joined by the likes of John Regis and Ewan Olympians and Paralympians compete, they’re Thomas for the Join In Local Sport Telethon, aimed to gain exposure for the campaign and get more clubs signed up. there because people got it right in the To be kept informed of events happening in Lincolnshire, or to community. The Join In campaign is about register your club’s event, go to taking it [the London 2012 Games] back to the You can also find more information on their Facebook page, / joininuk, and by following @joininuk on Twitter. David Moorcroft, Director of Sport, Join In community.


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Your Voice

Do you think the 2012 Games will inspire people to play more sport? Part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to encourage more people to play sport and be healthy. Hayley Cook asked sports clubs from across the county whether they thought the Games will inspire more people, to play more sport, in Lincolnshire. Jeff Elms Boston Rowing Club

Victoria Adams Lincoln City Netball Club “I’m not sure more sports sessions seem to have been set up as a result of the London 2012 Games, but I haven’t seen much specifically in Lincolnshire. I think whether people will play more sport all depends on the link made between the London 2012 Games and Lincolnshire.” Tim Barzycki Spalding Volleyball Club “No - I’m sad to say I don’t think it will inspire more people to play sport. Even though I’m volunteering in London for two weeks, I think that Lincolnshire is too far removed from the action to see any benefits. I think that in the sports where Great Britain win medals, and the papers give the athletes extensive press coverage, there may be a surge of participation in that sport, but certainly not in my sport of volleyball as it’s highly unlikely that we’ll win a medal.”

“Yes - you can’t have that amount of TV Coverage, and the build up over so long, that it can’t not have an affect! I do think however that the TV coverage will be most responsible for more people playing sport, not ncessarily the local sports clubs or organisations. I think it will be a short term affect - like Wimbledon.” Marian Meggat Boston Kuk Sool Won “I’m not sure if youngsters or adults have an initial interest in a sport, they may be motivated to have a go - especially if that sport is getting more coverage because we’re winning medals. But if you’ve never tried that sport before, it’s difficult to inspire someone to try it. Kuk Sool Won isn’t even in the Olympics or Paralympics, so it’s really difficult for us to even consider using London 2012 as a catalyst to get more people to join.”


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In preparation for the London 2012 Paralympic Games this summer, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee w their team. Hayley Cook talks to Lincolnshire Champion for the London 2012 Games, Councillor Doreen S they will be training, how people across Lincolnshire can get involved, and how close these elite athletes a

Lincolnshire Champion for the London 2012 Games From Saturday 18th – Friday 24th August 2012, athletes from the Egyptian Paralympic Team will prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games here in Lincolnshire. The team of 56 will be based in Lincoln, and will train at three sports venues across the county; the University of Lincoln, the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston and the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth. The team will compete in Athletics, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis. In the run-up to the Egyptian Paralympic Team visit, and during their one week stay in Lincolnshire, we have organised a number of activities alongside their training, and want as many people from across the county to get involved with the team. We have already recruited 45 volunteers to support the team during their stay, and our team has been working hard to ensure the Egyptian Paralympic Team’s needs are met for their training, accommodation, food and travel during their stay. We have developed a Resource Pack containing lots of information and ideas about how to celebrate the Egyptian Paralympic Team during their Pre-Games Training Camp this summer, and we will be holding open training sessions during their stay where members of the public can watch these elite athletes train. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I hope that people across Lincolnshire embrace the opportunties surrounding the Egyptian team and the Paralympic Games.

Councillor Doreen Stephenson


In little under one month, one of the World’s finest Paralympic teams will use venues in Lincolnshire to prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A team of 56 from Egypt will use facilities in Boston, Lincoln and Louth to prepare for competitions in Athletics, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball and Table Tennis. They will visit towns in Lincolnshire, meet Lincolnshire people, and most of all, rely on Lincolnshire to provide a suitable and professional Pre-Games Training Camp. The Lincolnshire Steering Group for the London 2012 Games first approached Egypt about using our county as a venue for their training camp in 2009. After two years of continued communication, a visit from the President of the Egyptian Olympic Committee in May 2010 and numerous conversations with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), in Open Training Sessions with th September 2011, it was announced that Egypt would use Lincolnshire as their Monday 20th August 12noon - 1.00pm Pre-Games Training Camp. Princess Royal Sports Arena, Boston Since then, work has been taking place behind the scenes to ensure that correct arrangements are made for the Egyptian Paralympic Team. Transport to and fr members of the team, accommodation in Lincoln, training venues and equipm Louth and the University of Lincoln, activities for the team outside of their train Saturday 18th August. 45 volunteers have been recruited for the training camp which will take place physiotherapists and support volunteers. People from across Lincolnshire will once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Katie Jackson, 22, studied French and Arabic at Durham University and lived Louth earlier this year to discover that the Egyptian Paralympic Team would be said: “At first I didn’t believe it, of all the places and of all the teams, it was too Katie, and the other volunteers, are also looking forward to working with som a total of 12 medals, finishing 29th in the medal table. They excelled in athletic Sitting Volleyball. The team also finished third in the World Championships in 2 in 2011, the Egyptian Powerlifting Team won eight Gold Medals, three Silver M Paralympic Games. Throughout the Egyptian Paralympic Team Pre-Games Training Camp in Lin keen to provide lots of opportunities for the county’s population to see and mee training sessions with local sports clubs that will provide a chance for the gene For more information about the Egyptian Paralympic Team or the open trainin 01522 585 580 or

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will use Lincolnshire as a Pre-Games Training Camp for Stephenson about the Egyptian Paralympic Team - where are to claiming medals at the London 2012 Games.

How many athletes are competing? Six athletes They will also have three support staff What disciplines will they compete in? 100m, 200m, 400m, Javelin, Shot Put Where will they train? Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA) in Boston When will they train? Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd August 10.00am - 12.00noon Who should I look out for? Mahmoud Elattar - Silver Medallist in Javelin at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics

Powerlifting How many athletes are competing? 15 athletes They will also have three support staff Where will they train? The Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth When will they train? Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd August 10.00am - 2.00pm Who should I look out for? Metwaly Mathana - World Record for 67.5kg (male) Sherief Othman - World Record for 56kg (male) Fatma Omar - World Record for 56kg (female)

The Egyptian Paralympic Table Tennis team will train at the University of Lincoln from Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd August. 10am - 12noon and 6pm - 8pm

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rom London and around Lincolnshire, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for all ment at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston, the Meridian Leisure Centre in ning, and much more has had to be organised in preparation for the team’s arrival on

e from Saturday 18th – Friday 24th August 2012, including interpreters, support the Egyptian team and are relishing the opportunity to be involved in this

d in Alexandria, Egypt for eight months in 2011. Katie returned to her hometown of e training at the Meridian Leisure Centre ahead of the London 2012 Games. She good an opportunity to miss.” me potential gold medal athletes. At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Egypt won cs and powerlifting winning four Gold medals, but also won a Bronze medal in the 2010 in Oklahoma, and are ranked third in the world. At the World Championships Medals and four Bronze Medals. They truly are on fine form for the London 2012

ncolnshire, the Lincolnshire Steering Group for the London 2012 Games are very et the athletes as they travel around the county. They will also be holding some open eral public to watch the athletes in session. ng sessions, please contact Hayley Cook at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership on

Sitting Volleyball How many athletes are competing? 11 athletes They will also have three support staff Where will they train? Sports Centre, University of Lincoln When will they train? Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd August 10.00am - 12.00noon 6.00pm - 8.00pm Who should I look out for? The entire team! Egypt’s Sitting Volleyball Team is ranked 3rd in the World

Table Tennis How many athletes are competing? Eight athletes They will also have three support staff Where will they train? Sports Centre, University of Lincoln When will they train? Sunday 19th - Thursday 23rd August 10.00am - 12.00noon 6.00pm - 8.00pm Who should I look out for? Fadia Samir Amir - winner of the Women’s Singles Class 4 Competition at the African Championships


Who said the Olympics

There are many elements of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including Sport and The Lincolnshire Strategy for the London 2012 Games focuses on all aspects and has celebrated t events throughout the county to celebrate the Games.

Fireworks bring SO Festival 2012 to a close

A spectacular fireshow following the screening of La Perichole from Garsington Opera on Skegness beach brought SO Festival 2012 to a fitting conclusion. Nine days of street theatre, music, dance and the amazing aerial performance of As The World Tipped, were wrapped around the visit of the Olympic Torch as part of SO Festival’s largest ever programme. Organisers, East Lindsey District Council and festival producers, Magnetic Events, believe some 160,000 people attended events and performances during the festival. SO Festival’s street theatre programme started its market town tour in Louth on 23rd June and went on to visit Woodhall Spa, Spilsby, Alford, Horncastle and the coastal town of Mablethorpe. Tattershall Castle hosted Bash Street Theatre’s performance of The Strongman, which also visited Skegness and Shona Richardson’s Lionheart Project, part of the London 2012 ‘Artists taking the lead With over 341 artists delivering projects’, also visited the district with stops in Louth and Skegness. more than 144 performances and art As well as art and cultural events, including the premiere of Golden Fables and tales from migrant workers in Ragroof Theatre’s ‘Bridges installations, this year’s programme Y Puentes’, SO Festival 2012 also featured an action packed programme has been out most ambitious and far of BMX biking and skateboarding and the return of the Volleyball England Beach Tour. Hundreds of children made their own kites as parts reaching in terms of audience of Infinite Kits on Skegness beach with other local people helping to Councillor Doreen Stephenson create Bicycle Ballet which was performed to 350 people at North Parade members Leader, East Lindsey District Council car park on Friday night. “With over 341 artists delivering more than 144 performances and art installations, this year’s programme has been our most ambitious and far reaching in terms of audience numbers,” said Cllr Doreen Stephenson, Leader of East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire 2012 Champion. “We wanted to bring the highest quality art, performers and companies to East Lindsey and to give as many people as possible the chance to see unique, challenging and amazing art and culture. We also wanted to give people the chance to get involved and are delighted that our programme was supported by so many who volunteered their time to help. I’d like to thank them all. We are very much looking forward to next year’s festival, which will again take place across the district between June 28 and July 7. As well as great cultural experiences, SO Festival is a way to raise the profile of East Lindsey as a visitor destination and broaden our offer to attract new visitors, whilst giving traditional visitors a new experience in our District.” Robin Morley, Festival Director from Magnetic Events, was delighted with the way this year’s SO Festival was received: “With 2012 being such an important year for sport, art and communities, we set out to create a really special cultural programme for the East Lindsey District and we believe we’ve done just that. The feedback we’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive. We believe we’ve pushed boundaries and stimulated conversations by using artists from the UK and beyond. I think this year’s festival has certainly put Skegness on the UK’s cultural events calendar.” SO Festival 2012 also strengthened East Lindsey’s relationship with its cultural partners in Helsingborg and Helsingnor, with town officials from Sweden and Norway travelling to Skegness to see the Olympic Torch and Fo What and Groovy Tea Party - also visited Skegness to perform as part of SO Festi broadcast by BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire in Tower Gardens. Students from sc against students from Helsingborg and Helsingor. Peter Knott, Director of Arts Council England in the East Midlands - SO Festiva have once again been able to support SO Festival again in this momentous year f has become an anticipated part of the UK’s arts scene.” The next major event as part of the East Lindsey Live programme is the Englan Cricket Association at London Road Cricket Ground in Louth on August 16, 2012.

Robin Morley Festival Director, Magnetic Events


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Golden Fables 2012 Golden Fables is a poetic drama, inspired by Lincolnshire’s myths and legends on stage and on film, across the county. Using a unique combination of poetry, drama, music, film and images Golden Fables 2012 re-imagines Lincolnshire’s rural life for the 21st century. Powerful words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu are brought together with specially-written stories inspired by the harsh realities of life in Lincolnshire’s countryside and its myths and legends by leading poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Scotland’s Poet Laureate Liz Lochhead and Lincolnshire Poet Laureate Joel Stickley. Their modern Fables have been fused with exciting original music from international composers Gabriel Prokofiev and Tim Dalling. Performances of Golden Fables 2012, at the SO Festival in Lincolnshire and at Latitude in Suffolk in July 2012, saw the 90-strong Choir Invisible – The Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir bring the writers’ and musicians’ creativity to life as the works are sung a capella before a backdrop of images by awarding-winning graphic novelist Kate Brown and archive film of Lincolnshire. Actors Rebecca D’Souza and Des Coleman, a narrative written by Ian McMillan and original instrumental pieces will link the elements of these intriguing stories from Lincolnshire together on stage. This innovative blend of poetry, music, drama, song and images is directed by Susannah Tresilian. Choir Invisible – The Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir is directed by Sally Brown. Golden Fables 2012 was commissioned for the Cultural Olympiad by Lincoln-based cultural solutions UK. In addition to the live performances it will be filmed and shown in arts centres and rural halls across Lincolnshire in July 2012. Golden Fables 2012 has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. Other funders are Arts Council England, the European Regional Development Fund and Lincolnshire County Council.

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Be inspired and take part Over the next two months, elite athletes from across the world will be competing at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and if that doesn’t inspire you to take part in sport, we don’t know what will! Hayley Cook from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership looks at what’s on offer in Lincolnshire; during and after the London 2012 Games.


Sport Makers

Sportivate is part of Sport England’s People, Places, Play legacy to get more people aged 14 - 25 years playing sport after the London 2012 Games. In Lincolnshire, more than 200 sports clubs and organisations have received funding to offer 6 week taster sessions in a vareity of sports across the county. Sports include basketball, rowing, football, martial arts and more. For more information about the sports on offer, visit or call Lucy Blakey on 01522 585 580.

Sport Makers is a national Sport England initiative to encourage more people to make sport happen locally. Being inspired to take part in sport after the London 2012 Games doesn’t necessarily have to mean through playing sport. Volunteers are essential, and you could have skills to encourage more people to play sport - leadership, coaching, communication, organisation, accounting and much more. For more information about workshop dates, visit or call Lizzie Couling on 01522 585 580.

Jog Lincolnshire

Find a Club

Jog Lincolnshire is an exciting new county wide project which aims to encourage people to be more active by jogging on a regular basis. Jog Lincolnshire is suitable for all abilities of jogging – if you haven’t run before, feel as though now is the time to start being more active, or want an easy to use website to map your progress – Jog Lincolnshire is for you! For more information, visit or call Lynsey Norris or Rachel Belcher on 01522 585 580.

If you’ve been inspired by a specific sport and want to follow in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis in Triathlon, Sir Chris Hoy in Cycling or Rebecca Adlington in Swimming, you can search for your nearest club. Visit to ‘Find a Club’ and search by sport and district for a sports club suitable to you. The website includes information about the club, training times and a contact name and number.

Lincolnshire Active Community Network

Physical Activity programmes

Lincolnshire Active Community Network (LACN) aims to get more people moving in the local community. Currently working with 30 venues across the county, LACN offers hire of the facilities for activities, meetings and more. They also deliver a wide variety of activites and events at these venues such as badminton, dance, zumba, football, family fun days, tennis and much more. To find out how your village hall or community centre could benefit, or if you’re looking for an activity in your local area, visit or call Dave Carter on 01522 585 580.

It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise. Lincolnshire Sports Partnership works closely with NHS Lincolnshire and Local Authorities to offer a variety of Physical Activity programmes across Lincolnshire. These include Health Walks, Exercise Referral, Fit Kids, Vitality, Play 4 Life, Bike 4 Life, Inclusive Fitness Initiative and many more programmes to keep active and healthy. For more information, call Sarah Ferneyhough on 01522 585 580 or visit


Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is a sports charity whose main aim is to increase participation in sport and physical activity across the county. Recent projects include: • Quest for Gold • Lincolnshire Coaches Week • Bike 4 Life • Inclusive Fitness Initiative • Exercise Referral • Behind the Fence • Silver Spirit • Sports Zone at the Lincolnshire Show • Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) • Fit Kids • Health Walks • Sports Force • Lincolnshire Sports Awards • Sportivate Find out more about Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and how we can help your sports club or organisation, by contacting us: Telephone: 01522 585 580 Email:

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Championing Lincolnshire has been produced by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln For more information contact Hayley Cook at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership 01522 585 580

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