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Championing Lincolnshire Celebrating the London 2012 Games in Lincolnshire Issue 3 | April 2012

FEATURE STORY:

150 days until the Paralympics Meet Lincolnshire’s Paralympic hopeful Kieran Tscherniawsky

“The University will play it’s part in the Games” Talking about the Universitys role in the build up to the Games

Get Set, Go!

Lincolnshire schools are gearing up for 2012

Meet some of Lincolnshire’s elite athletes for 2012 60 athletes have been welcomed onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme

and much more inside...

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Contents On the Front Cover: 18

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150 days until the Paralympic Games Meet Lincolnshire’s Paralympic hopeful Kieran Tscherniwsky as we celebrate 150 days to go on 1st April 2012 “The University will play its part in the Games” University of Lincoln Director of Sport Robin Wright talks about the Universitys role in the build up to the Games

Meet some of Lincolnshire’s elite athletes 60 athletes have been welcomed onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme - meet some of them here. Get Set, Go! Lincolnshire schools are gearing up for 2012

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Welcome - from Robin Wright, Director of Sport at University of Lincoln

Celebrate the Torch Relay in Lincolnshire - an update on the Olympic Torch Relay route and how to get involved

How will you be supporting GB? A look at whether people in Lincolnshire felt they needed tickets to support Team GB “I’ll be working at the 2012 Games” - Janet Inman talks about her “summer job” at the Olympic Beach Volleyball

Who said the Olympics were all about sport? A look at how 2012 could boost tourism in Lincolnshire

Photographs from top (clockwise): Beach Volleyball Test Event at Horseguards Parade, Mandeville, Olympic Torch Relay, Tickets andKieran Tscherniwasky

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Welcome

Welcome to the third issue of Championing Lincolnshire; an online magazine specifically produced for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its impact within Lincolnshire.

Once again, students at the University of Lincoln have produced this high-quality magazine and between them have written articles, chosen the layout and designed the magazine from start to finish. With support from staff at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and by working together, we have been able to produce this outstanding EMag which I hope you will all enjoy.

As Director of Sport at University of Lincoln, I have been working with the Lincolnshire Steering Group for the 2012 Games since it was announced in 2005 that London would host the Olympic and Paralympic Games this year. I am delighted that the University can play such a large part in promoting a legacy from the London 2012 Games in our county, and it was with pleasure to meet Daniel Brown, one of the students from the magazine to talk about the support we can offer as a University.

Robin Wright Director of Sport University of Lincoln

This issue very much celebrates the London 2012 Paralympic Games; the athletes that will be representing Lincolnshire in the Great Britain team; the connection to the Egyptian Paralympic Team and the ways you can get involved. So with 150 days until the Paralympic Games, I hope this issue inspires you to celebrate the Paralympics! In previous issues of Championing Lincolnshire, we have looked at the Cultural Olympiad and the impact the Games will have on children and young people in the county. This month, Gemma Pass looks at the impact the Games could have on tourism in our county - a gentle reminder that the London 2012 Games are about more than just sport.

I encourage you all to ‘Champion Lincolnshire’ over the next few months as we countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I hope that you will all have the opportunity to be actively involved in Olympic and Paralympic-inspired activities throughout the county. I hope that you will read this magazine with excitement and perhaps find a way for you, your friends, family and colleagues to get involved with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games here in Lincolnshire. Robin Wright Director of Sport, University of Lincoln

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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: Stephanie Bolton, Daniel Brown, Daniel Clark, Hayley Cook, Laura Crouch and Gemma Pass. Magazine designed by: Daniel Brown, Daniel Clark, Hayley Cook and Laura Crouch. For more information contact Hayley Cook on: Telephone: 01522 585 580 Email: hayley.cook@ lincolnshiresports.co.uk

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Celebrate the Torch Relay in Lincolnshire

With less than three months until the start of the torch relay, organisers are encouraging residents to celebrate the Torch as it travels through our country. Daniel Clark looks at where the Torch will travel, and how Lincolnshire can get involved.

Torch Relay Route revealed

On Monday 19th March the exact route the Torch will take through Lincolnshire was announced.

The Torch will arrive in Lincolnshire at 7.45am on Wednesday 27th June, entering Louth and passing through Legbourne, Withern, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells and more, before residents of Skegness will host a lunchtime stop from 12noon – 1.30pm for the Torch Relay and it’s accompanying convoy. From Skegness it will travel down the A52 to Wrangle and to Boston where it will meander through the Market Place between 2.30 and 3.00pm. From there it will travel to Sleaford and make its way towards Lincoln through Bracebridge Heath, arriving in the city at 5.00pm.

It will enter the City in South Park Avenue, behind Lincoln City FC’s home ground Sincil Bank, and will travel up the High Street, across Dixon Street and then onto Tritton Road. It will travel along Brayford Way and onto Brayford Wharf North, past the Odeon Cinema. The torch will head up to Newland and along Wigford Way and back onto the High Street towards Silver Street and up Lindum Road. The Torch will arrive on the east green at Lincoln Cathedral before passing Pottergate, Newport and arriving at Yarborough Leisure Centre for the evening celebration at 6.50pm. The Torch will leave Lincoln Cathedral on the morning of the 28th June, heading through Lincoln Castle where a special picnic and activities morning has been arranged for schoolchildren. It will pass through Saxilby and make its way towards Nottingham. In the afternoon the Torch will re-enter the county at Grantham.

On Tuesday 3rd July, the Torch will enter Lincolnshire at 4.45pm in Stamford on route to the evening celebration in Peterborough, and the following day will travel through Market Deeping at 8.00am, Thurlby, Bourne, Spalding at 9.30am, Holbeach at 11.00am and Long Sutton at 11.30am, as well as towns in between.

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The Olympic Torch will travel through every district in Lincolnshire - how will you celebrate? Source: London 2012

Organisers of the nationwide Torch Relay event are urging villages, towns and communities to line the street to support the Torchbearers and to be a part of such a historic event. The colour theme used for the event is gold so there is a perfect opportunity for households to decorate the house with gold bunting or banners. Lincolnshire is lucky that the Torch will pass through every district in the county, and the Torch will enter the county on four separate occasions on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June, and Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July 2012. Celebratory events will be staged at various points of the Relay, and when the Torch reaches Lincoln on the eve of the 27th June there will be a celebration event at Yarborough Sports Ground lasting 1-2 hours to welcome the Torch to our county. Thousands of tickets have been allocated for the event and residents will be able to apply for the free tickets in May. Every day the Torch Relay will begin at 8:00am and will proceed along the route until 8:00pm, meaning the torch will travel between 80 and 120 miles per day. There will be a total of 120 bearers carrying the Torch per day. At this moment in time there are plans and discussions as to looking into different alternatives to carry the torch other than just on foot. To ensure the event grabs the attention and excitement of all ages, genders and races the Torch will spend time in schools, sports grounds and community centres along the route to allow as many people as

possible to feel a part of the event. To celebrate the build up to the Olympic Games schools across Lincolnshire will be running inter-school competitions. This will include a variety of sports for the pupils to compete in and will coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Lincoln, as the county finals of the inter-school competition will be played at the Lincoln Castle Academy on the day of the 27th June. As well as planning events for the games other areas of Lincolnshire County Council are planning to ensure the torch relay will be passed through Lincolnshire safely and on time. The Highways agency for Lincolnshire is an important part of the torch relay. It will be the department’s job to ensure the roads are safe to both the runners and spectators and that everyday traffic isn’t disrupted during the relay. At this early stage the focus is on planning for the events in June. A spokesman from the Highways Agency confirmed: “Many areas will be affected by the Torch Relay but motorists are advised to respect any closures and that there are predicted to be only small delays or diversions that will affect everyday road users.” So however you plan to celebrate the Olympic Torch in Lincolnshire, have a look at where the Olympic Torch will travel, line the streets, encourage the Torchbearers and enjoy the Torch as it travels through every district of our county.

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Lincolnshire schools ‘Get Set’ for London 2012 Gaynor Nash is the Regional Coordinator for the 2012 Games for Children and Young People. She works with schools across Lincolnshire to engage young people through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As I write this there are exactly 150 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Lincolnshire will be welcoming the Olympic Torch on 27th June with a wonderful celebration event planned for that evening which will inspire young and old alike.In themeantime, as elite Lincolnshire Gaynor pictured with the athletes prepare for the Olympic Torch from the Olympic and Paralympic London 1948 Games Games, the county’s youngsters are learning all about the Olympic and Paralympic Values through the national education programme Get Set and the fantastic locally created project, Live and Learn Like a Champion, developed for the county by CfBT. 78% of the county’s schools have signed up to use the Get Set resources and 56% have gone further and joined the Get Set Network. With just over a term left it’s still not too late to join the Network and details of how to do that can be found here: http://getset.london2012.com/en/join-us/how-do-i-apply. Two Lincolnshire schools within the Network have won Department for Education money to ‘Plan Your 2012’. Lincoln Castle Academy and The Phoenix, Grantham will be working with neighbouring schools to try to ensure that the key messages and opportunities of London 2012 are understood and accessed by schools. For The Phoenix the ‘Plan Your 2012’ money was augmented by news that PE teacher, Darren Taxis, had been selected as Sky Sports Living for Sport Teacher of the Year, a deserved plaudit for a man who works exceptionally hard for his pupils. Pin badges featuring Olympic mascot Mandeville decked out in Lincolnshire colours have recently gone on sale at the London 2012 shop. Designed by Jessica Lewis, then of Caister Grammar School, they show

Mandeville in Lincoln green, carrying some Lincolnshire sausages and a fishing net with the Lincolnshire flag and a silhouette of the cathedral featuring too. The photograph shows Jessica Jonathan Edwards and Jessica Lewis with Jonathan from Caistor showcasing the Edwards at Lincolnshire pinbadge for 2012 last summer’s School Games in GranthamMandeville and colleague Wenlock now have their own dance and schools are being encouraged to learn this with a view to including the dance in the Opening Ceremony of each school’s World Sport Day on June 25th 2012, at the start of National School Sports week. World Sport Day promises to be a great celebration of sport, culture and the international context, made extra special by the fact that Egypt will now be sending athletes to the county to prepare for London 2012. More can be discovered at http://getset.london2012.com/en/world-sport-day. Another dance opportunity comes with the Big Dance Schools Pledge. Schools are encouraged to sign up to learn a specially choreographed dance and to perform it as part of a world record attempt at 1pm on May 18th. Teachers can find out more by visiting http://www.bigdance2012.com/schools_and_teachers.php. Each of us involved in the Legacy of London 2012 for children and young people in Lincolnshire is hoping that schools and colleges will make an extra special effort to ensure that nobody missed out on the once in a lifetime experience of Great Britain hosting the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

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Sportsmen and women from Lincolnshire were officially welcomed onto the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) on Friday evening at The Showroom in Lincoln. 61 athletes were awarded Levels by three time Olympian and canoeist Laurence Oliver according to their achievements over the last 12 months and for their potential for the year ahead. Emma Tonner, a rower on the programme said: “LEAP is a good means of providing recognition for our achievements and it offers great support.” Managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, LEAP provides funding

and support for talented athletes in the county who are hoping to compete at an Olympic or Paralympic Games. Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome some old members of LEAP and a substantial amount of new athletes. We look forward to seeing how they progress over the next 12 months. “LEAP hopes to give athletes across the county access to funding and support at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, so we really hope that all 61 athletes from across Lincolnshire will all benefit from this.”

This year, LEAP also teamed up with SportsAid which provides funding to elite athletes in the area. By working in partnership, athletes on SportsAid will also receive support and courses as part of LEAP. Athletes on the programme will receive between £100 and £1000 according to their level and up to £20,000 will be distributed to members of LEAP in 2012. Funding for LEAP has been secured through Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln, SportsAid, Adam Gibbon’s Sport Foundation Fund, Mundy’s, Soper of Lincoln and members of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership’s Corporate Club.

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Table Tennis player Adam Harrison from Grantham

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

Swimmer Abigail Burr from Lincoln

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Rower George Mitchell from Grantham

Swimmer Hayley Williams from Lincoln

Rugby player Ian Bide from Grantham

Athlete Jac Heanen from Grantham

Swimmer James Hurley from Boston

Wheelchair Sprints Athlete Jamie Carter

Golfer Jordan Wrisdale from Boston

Badminton player Kate Garnham from Lincoln

Seated Discus athlete Kieran Tscherniawsky

Swimmer Lauren Freeman from Lincoln

Rower Luke Wren from Grantham

Table Tennis player Olivia Churchill from Grantham

Swimmer Ollie Bitowt from Grantham

Cyclist Peter Cocker from Grantham

Athlete Rachel Walladar from Grantham

Athlete Sophie McKinna from Grantham

Athletes are accepted onto LEAP for their achievements and successes of the last 12 months, as well as their ambitions for the year ahead.

This is just a selection of the athletes on LEAP for 2012. For more information about LEAP, including how to apply for next year, please visit www.lincolnshiresports.com.

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“The University of Lincoln will play it’s part in the Games” With the London 2012 Olympic Games less than 150 days away, educational institutions around the country have been getting involved and supporting the Games. Daniel Brown talked to the University of Lincoln’s Director of Sport Robin Wright, about their role.

“We became involved, compete against other firstly, through the institutions from the university’s Riseholme county. Campus,” Robin Wright On a national level, said when I met him in The British Universities his office at the and College Sports University Sports (BUCS) Outdoor Centre. “We applied for Athletics Champiit to be a training camp onships in May will be a few years ago and the first competitive were delighted when it event held at the was accepted.” Olympic Stadium in “The Equestrian Stratford. The The Egyptian Paralympic Team will use the University of Lincoln Centre will be used as a University of Lincoln will Sports Centre for table tennis and sitting volleyball training pre-training camp, for be sending a team of athletes to come in and athletes to compete, train for a week in this country before heading for the and Mr Wright is encouraging people to travel down for Games.” the event. “The team manager for Lincoln is Cathy The university are also one of the partners who will Thomas, Head of Sport Coaching and Exercise Science. host the Egyptian Paralympic team in August, who will We’ll have a few runners going down to compete. So use a range of facilities across Lincolnshire in their we’re trying to get spectators up now, students to go preparations for the Games. down to the games and see that first event. It will be the “We’ve been successful in getting the Egyptian first test event at the Olympic Stadium, which we’re really Paralympic team here to the university in what’s a very excited about.” difficult climate. Quite a few teams are dropping out of Mr Wright also spoke of how the university is working training camps because of the cost, but this seems to alongside Lincolnshire Sports Partnership with national have been secured and they are coming in August.” schemes, such as Sport England’s search forSport “Table Tennis and Sitting Volleyball will be hosted here Makers - volunteers who help make sport happen locally. at the university. The Athletics team will train at the Of the university’s involvement, he said: “I run sports Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston, and the makers workshops on behalf of LSP. Sport England is Powerlifters at the Meridian Centre in Louth.” looking for 40,000 people to become Sport Makers and drive up that legacy of young people taking part in sport.” “The University are one of the “We want to grow participation and realistically there’s partners who will host the Egyptian not a lot of money to do that, we’ve got to grow our volunteer force. 95 percent of sport delivered in this Paralympic Team in August.” country is through volunteers, and we need to maintain As well as supporting athletes competing in the and improve that.” Olympic and Paralympic Games, the university is When London was awarded the Games in 2005, much involved in a number of national and local initiatives, of the emphasis was on creating a sporting legacy that designed to encourage people to participate in sport. will benefit future generations all over the country, a The Lincolnshire Further and Higher Education (FEHE) sentiment echoed by Mr Wright: “I remember Seb Coe Games will be held on Friday 4th May, with the University saying to me, ‘this is the best calling card we will ever of Lincoln Student Union vice-president Andreas have and if we don’t use it, we’ve wasted a once in a Zacharea preparing to put together a number of teams to lifetime opportunity’; I completely agree.”

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Were you lucky enough to get tickets for the London 2012 Games? Don’t worry if not, there’s plenty of ways to get involved! Source: London 2012

How will you be supporting Team GB? Did you manage to get tickets for the Olympic or Paralympic Games? Don’t worry if not, Laura Crouch, has been looking at other ways to celebrate the Games and support GB.

There has been much controversy surrounding the selection process and distribution of tickets for the London 2012 Games, with the Opening Ceremony being oversubscribed by ten times! According to a recent survey only 49% of the UK received at least one of the tickets they applied for. Championing Lincolnshire looked at how people in Lincolnshire were supporting the Games and whether they felt they needed tickets to support Team GB. Many people managed to get tickets without any problems. But what about those who haven’t got tickets? Was it because they didn’t apply, weren’t lucky enough, or will they be celebrating the Games another way? I wanted to know just how many of us would be going to support the event and why. Those who applied for tickets but failed to receive any

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will be given first choice of tickets across all sports and events for a 24-hour window in April. The choice will include blue riband events in the stadium and velodrome. The sales process will then be opened up to those who didn’t apply for tickets the first time round. The hassle of going to London to see just one event is also quite off putting to many people. Especially with London traffic being bad normally, let alone with one lane closed off for Olympic contenders to access the arenas quick and easy. Daniel Baker, a student at the University of Lincoln thinks that the price of the tickets is a major problem. He said: "Availability isn't so much a problem. They are expensive and have been quite exclusive in a way.” Although people across the UK applied for popular events such as athletics, there were many who applied to


see the lesser known sports, in the hope of receiving some Olympic tickets rather than none at all. Daniel said: “People have ended up buying tickets for sports they don't like." Rosie Kelly from Lincoln has received tickets for basketball. She said: “I don't exactly dislike Basketball but I don't know anything about it. I'll definitely go for the atmosphere and I'm sure I'll enjoy it, even if it does go over my head a bit!” Perhaps surprisingly archery and rhythmic gymnastics have been hits for this year’s Olympics and received much more interest than The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) initially expected. The main events such as track cycling, triathlon, modern pentathlon and the Opening and Closing ceremonies have sold out, along with most of the sessions for swimming and tennis which was expected.

“I don’t exactly dislike basketball but I don’t know anything about it! I’ll definitely go for the atmosphere!”

Daniel said: “I will still watch the games at home, it's actually good in a way to see commercial television showing the games which can help with the costs of running such an event.” Host an Olympic Party...

For those people who don’t have tickets the latest idea is it have ‘Olympics parties’. This involves becoming a Local Leader and inviting friends and neighbours round to watch the Olympics whilst eating, drinking and having a good time. On the London 2012 website there are lots of ideas to help with this and so you can join and become a host yourself. Daniel said: “I won't be having an Olympics party, but I will still be rooting for Team GB.” Many Olympic finalists are also unsure whether their families have received tickets to see them perform in the games. There are a few games which still have tickets available to the public and available to buy now. This mainly includes the football events and many lesser known sports such as Race Walk, Canoe Sprint and Handball. You can apply for these tickets by the usual method through the official Olympic tickets website. Rebecca Shaw, 23, is a waitress in Lincolnshire. She said: “Every four years I become obsessed with men’s gymnastics!” Rebecca however won’t be attending the Olympics this year. She wasn’t one of the lucky ones and unfortunately didn’t receive tickets. “I would have been doing had I been lucky enough to get the tickets for the sports I was interested in”. Rebecca applied for the arena games, the most applied for within Britain, and football. “I'll be watching them on TV” Rebecca told me. “Olympic parties are not something I've considered, I

suppose it’s along the same patriotic lines as the royal wedding parties. If I was invited to an Olympic party, I wouldn’t say no - it’s nice that everyone’s getting in the spirit of things!” Those lucky enough to have tickets...

For those who have received tickets you would think the hard part was over but this is not entirely true, for those who don’t already live in or near London they have to find somewhere to stay for a night or two without breaking the bank. I did some research looking for places to stay during the Olympics and found that prices were extremely high. For two people sharing a double room for one night the cost ranged from £478 to £1224 per night. I was also greeted by a message “It’s busy in London on your selected dates so prices might be higher than normal.” The exact same deal in September would cost £150 per night. An unusal idea that did intrigue me was camping in London, and it’s definitely an option to consider. A luxury pre-erected tent for two adults for two nights would cost £400; still cheaper than a hotel. And if you want to pitch your own tent, it costs just £80. There are shuttle buses into central London and large outdoor screens keeping you up to date with the latest Olympic Games. Thomas cook are also doing deals, tickets and a hotel room. Volleyball and a hotel room for a night is £99 per person. Pentathlon tickets and a one night stay is £229 per person.

“Camping in London is cheaper than a hotel and there are large outdoor screens keeping you up to date”

Despite a lot of people not being the lucky few to receive any kind of ticket there is a lot of support for the Olympic Games and team GB. Those who have received tickets, even to events they aren’t knowledgeable about, are still going for the experience. Many of those who are not going to London are watching the games in the comfort of their own home and who know’s, maybe you or your next door neighbour is planning an Olympic party! For more information about Local Leaders and hosting an Olympic party, visit www.london2012.com/localleaders.

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Celebrating the Paralympic Games with GB athlete

Kieran Tscherniawsky

The Paralympic Games are the biggest international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, and in 150 days, athletes from across the world will begin their Paralympic journey at the London 2012 Games. Stephanie Brown talked to Lincolnshire Seated Discus Athlete and Paralympic hopeful Kieran Tscherniawsky about working hard, breaking records, and his hopes for 2012. ‘Dedication’ is a word that’s mentioned repeatedly throughout my interview with Kieran Tscherniawsky, and it’s a trait that the 20 year old’s achievements wouldn’t have been possible without. Over the last four years since taking up seated discus Kieran, who has cerebral palsy, has broken European and UK records, won the 2011 Lincolnshire Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award twice and is now a potential competitor for the Paralympic Games this summer. Kieran, from Heckington in Lincolnshire, began competing in seated discus after someone suggested he take up the sport because he had “such a powerful upper arm” after weightlifting. In his first competition in 2008, aged just sixteen, Kieran broke the competition record and, as he says, “it all came from there really”. He found himself a coach, Jim Edwards, who still coaches him today together with his Gran Molly, and continues to work hard. Describing his six days a week training schedule, Kieran admits “it’s not something any person could do,” but his hard work has paid off. Last year he broke the UK and European records for under-23s, the latter of which was his proudest achievement in his career: “I must admit I didn’t plan it. It was a good surprise – I didn’t realise it went that far until I looked at the scoreboard! Despite his achievements Kieran is

Kieran was named Lincolnshire Young Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2010, and Lincolnshire Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2011.

“I didn’t realise it went that far until I looked at the scoreboard!” Kieran talking about breaking the UK and European Under 23 records last year

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humble, acknowledging that he’d be nothing without his support network, and incredibly focused on the job he has to do, even when surrounded by top athletes. “Concentrate on what you’re doing at that period of time, don’t look what’s in the future and what’s in the past. It’s now and it’s my time,” he says. Kieran’s determination is a result of his upbringing, and


his Gran telling him that the word ‘can’t’ didn’t exist in their dictionary, they’d just find another way to do something. Unsurprisingly his advice to young people looking to get into sport is “you’ve got to be dedicated.” When I ask him if his goal, to break the World Record, is his aim for the 2012 Games, he replies: “It’s a very nice thing to get there [the Paralympic Games]. Don’t think about World Records, just go out on the day and try your hardest.” But he’s aiming high if his idols are anything to go by. Kieran lists his family, as well as Jessica Ennis, Bob Weir and Dave Weir as inspirations, but above all he looks up to fellow Paralympian Stephen Miller. Miller, who also has cerebral palsy, has represented Great Britain for over ten years in four Paralympic Games, three World Championships and two European Championships, winning numerous gold medals.

“I won’t brag about it, but I won Gold in Dubai!”

Kieran’s face lights up when talking of his record breaking achievements, and he becomes more animated when recalling tales of Team GB at the IPC Athletics Championships in New Zealand and the IWAS World Junior Championships in Dubai, (“I won’t brag about it, but I won Gold in Dubai”, he admits when promoted by his Gran). “It’s all what they call ‘one team’. It goes on a medals table so they want as many medals as possible. It’s not one person winning, it’s where they can say ‘we got eight Gold medals out of this Olympics. It’s what the whole team works for, to win,” he adds. And hopefully, come the summer, that’s exactly what Team GB will do in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Kieran is prepared: “I’ve done well for myself. All the hard work is coming together.”

Profiling the Paralympic Games

London 2012 Paralympic Games

When will the Games take place? Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 29th August Closing Ceremony: Sunday 9th September Games every day in between

Where with the Games take place? Venues include the Aquatics Centre, Eton Manor, Olympic Stadium, Velodrome,Greenwich Park, North Greenwich Arena, Weymouth and Portland, Royal Artillery Barracks and Eton Dorney.

How many sports are there? 20 Paralympic sports, and the GB team have qualified for all of them! How many athletes will be competing? 4200

Kieran trains every day with Gran Molly and travels to Loughborough to train with coach Jim Edwards

Who can we look out for from Lincolnshire? Sitting Volleyball player Andrew Skinner, Seated Discus athlete Kieran Tscherniawsky, Para-equestrian rider Sophie Wells, and Swimmer Rob Welbourn.

Photograph of Mandeville. Source: London 2012.


“I’ll be working at the London 2012 Olympic Games” Will you be working during the Olympic Games this summer? Janet Inman, Chief of Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership will, but she’ll be working at the Games! Daniel Clark spoke with Janet about her “summer job” at the Beach Volleyball.

The Test Event for the Beach Volleyball took place at the Horse Guards Parade in August 2011.

This is Janet!

For thousands of successful applicants the chance to work at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is no longer a dream, but reality. Daniel Clark met one of 70,000 volunteers who have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at the Games. For the Olympics there are 32 different job titles divided into 10 different teams. Ranging from those working in Commercial and Sales and members of the Medical team, to those who will be in operation during events; supervising the Athlete’s village and supporting the teams. Most of the jobs will be specific to Gamestimes; however some of the roles require those to start their placement during the spring in preparation for the Games. Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Janet Inman, is one of many who have been given the chance to work at the Games this summer. Janet first

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applied as a Games Maker in 2008 on the first day that the public could apply to work at the Games. At the time Janet applied for Sailing, Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball. She said: “I didn’t mind whether I got to work at the Olympics or Paralympics, it was the chance to work at the event which was the appeal”.

“I didn’t mind whether I got to work at the Olympics or Paralympics; it was the chance to work at the event which was the appeal.” Janet found out before the Beach Volleyball test event in August 2011 that her application was successful. The role involved with this position is to ensure that the event


runs smoothly and that all matches are completed on time and competed fairly. As well as ensuring the event runs smoothly. Officials at the games will also ensure that athletes are well looked after and are informed as to where they will be competing and when. Last August Janet attended a two week Test Event at the Horse Guards Parade, the Olympic venue for the Beach Volleyball. The Test Event allows the organisers to go through a trial run and to work any errors before the Games arrives, and gives the chance for the athletes to test the conditions and venue they will be competing at. Janet will be spending the whole of the summer in the capital at the Games, and is looking forward to the experience, “I will be in London from the 2nd July until the 10th August and I will be staying in accommodation at the venue. The venue looked fantastic for the test event, however, the full venue won’t be ready until after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has taken place at the Horse Guards parade”.

“The venue [The Horse Guards Parade] looked fantastic for the test event, but the full venue won’t be ready until the Diamon Jubilee has taken place.”

The Horse Guards parade is situated at Whitehall in the political centre of the UK and is close to Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. For the event, organisers will import sand to the venue to create the beach for the competition. This is a temporary venue and therefore after the games the facilities will be taken down. For the test event itself 2,274 tonnes of sand was donated by LOCOG. The Beach Volleyball event in which Janet will be involved with, will take place at the Horse guard Parade in London from Saturday 28th July - to Thursday 9th August. There will be 24 teams in both the Men and Women’s event. Therefore there will be 96 athletes involved with this sport at the games. The prospect of British success in this event is highly unlikely as there isn’t a British male or female combination in the top 30 Beach Volleyball world rankings, but despite this, Janet is still extremely excited to be involved with the 2012 Olympic Games. She said: “I have worked in sport for over 30 years and to be involved in an Olympic event in our home nation will be a proud moment.”

“I have worked in sport for over 30 years and to be involved in an Olympic event in our home nation will be a proud moment.”

Janet with the London 2012 Olympic Torch

Janet will be working at the London 2012 Olympics Beach Volleyball event.

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Who said the Olympics

Every issue, one of our reporters will be looking at what other benefits the London 2012 Games wi in the county.

Enjoy England Four famous faces have recently been filming in Skegness for a TV advert that will be broadcast over the next few weeks in an attempt to promote tourism in the run up to the Olympic Games. Stephen Fry, Julie Walters, Rupert Grint and Michelle Dockery have been recruited by VisitEngland to kick off the country’s biggest tourism campaign. The campaign, led by VisitEngland, and supported by the home nation tourist boards of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland; and London, will highlight the key events taking place during 2012 including: the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, the Torch Relay, the Cultural Festival and the Queen’s DiamondJubilee. East Lindsey District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Councillor Craig Leyland, said:"It was important that Visit England recruited some high profile celebrities to ensure the national advertising campaign has impact and they have done just that. 2012 is an exciting opportunity to promote our area far and wide and we must seize the opportunities presented to us so we can boost our economy and attract more visitors to the area." Some of the places which will be highlighted as part of the campaign include: Blackpool, Skegness, Yorkshire, Merseyside and Birmingham. The campaign will also include a website being set up to promote UK residents holidaying across the country this summer. This will feature a variety of special offers on hotel stays, meals and tickets to attractions which is sure to boost the amount of visitors Lincolnshire will see during the summer months. Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt said: "This will be an incredibly exciting year, and the UK will be the very best place in the whole world to holiday. It's thrilling that four of our best-loved actors are joining the campaign to get even more of us holidaying at home." To access the savings being promoted in the campaign or to find out more visit: www.enjoyengland.com.

Egyptian Paralympic Team

Egypt’s Paralympic athletes have been confirmed to be using Lincolnshire as a Pre-Games Training Camp. 54 Egyptian athlete of Lincoln, the Meridian Centre in Louth and Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln. Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Lincolnshire, not only to bu The team are set to arrive in Lincolnshire a week prior to the games on 18th August and will be training for a variety of sports Egyptians presence will be very beneficial to the county’s economy. Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Lincolnshire's spokeswoma Games but also the legacy of the Games. We are working hard to develop a sustainable relationship with the Egyptian Paralym

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s were all about sport? ll have for Lincolnshire. Gemma Pass looks at how the London 2012 Games could boost tourism

Visit Lincoln

The Visit Lincoln Partnership and Ruddocks have been working in partnership over the last few months to unveil a new brand to stand for the tourism trade and talent across Lincoln. Andy Clayton, the Ruddocks Project Manager said: “The main feedback we had from research was the beauty of the city and its contrast; the heritage uphill in Bailgate, and the vibrant downhill at the Brayford.” According to Visit Lincoln, the reason for the symbol was to “create a meaningful brand that represented Lincoln with purpose and relevance. They want it to be “synonymous with Lincoln, however on its own it is not totally unique”. When looking at the symbol you can see myriad elements, which involve swords to represent history, propeller blades to represent aviation, turbine blades to represent engineering, floral to represent the Cathedral carvings and hearts to replicate romance. Typographic characters have also been used to create a symbolic ‘n’ to portray the assortment of arches that can be found within the city’s historic architecture. Since the new brand has been launched it has been implemented on the historic grandstand signage on Carholme road and is soon to be picked up by stakeholders and rolled out across the city.

The Olympic torch in Lincolnshire

Overnight celebrations prior to the Olympic Torch’s arrival are set to take place at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln. The free open air event, supported by the City of Lincoln Council and other local organisations is take place on Wednesday 27th June, exactly one month ahead of the opening ceremony in London. Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Playing host to the Olympic Flame is a great honour and we’re delighted to be welcoming it to Lincoln. Planning is already well underway to ensure the evening celebration brings out all that is great about this city. “We will be working with our partners to ensure that young people in Lincoln are central to this once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of 2012 Olympic legacy.” The event will be free of charge and will include stage performances from local acts and entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s Torch Bearings. More details are set to be announced over the coming months and for information on the Olympics Torch Relay visit: www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay.

es will be preparing for the Paralympic Games in the sports arena in Boston, the Human Performance Centre at the University

uild a sporting international relationship with Egypt, but also to work together in education and research.” including: athletics, table tennis, weight lifting and sitting volleyball, and local councilors are already predicting that the an for the 2012 Games, said: "Having an Egyptian team using facilities in Lincolnshire next year is not only about the 2012 mpic Team and we hope that this benefits the local economy as much as possible".

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Championing Lincolnshire Issue 3 April