Arts, culture and leisure
Arts, culture and leisure
A golden summer
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The jubilation and success of the London 2012 Olympic Games came to Stockton as Kat Copeland, the first Olympic champion to have trained largely on the River Tees, found a hero’s welcome awaiting her when she returned to her rowing club. Hundreds of people joined Stockton’s Mayor and other VIPs to greet Kat as she arrived for a very special party. The homecoming welcome took place 11 days after Kat, with her rowing partner Sophie Hosking, won the women’s lightweight double sculls title at the Olympic rowing lake at Eton Dorney. Arriving in a golden Bentley limousine, complete with motorcycle escort, TV cameras and photographers greeted Kat before she was introduced to the crowds to the tune of ‘Gold’ by Spandau Ballet. She said: “Thanks so much to everyone for coming – thank you so much. I didn’t expect it. I know it’s raining but it is really nice that everyone can be here.” Those present were even able to touch her medal, which had just returned to her after running repairs to the ribbon. “I have just got it back – I was a bit stressed out about it but it is going to stick with me from now,” Kat added.
This includes a large amount of the clothing used in the ‘Industrial Revolution’ part of the ceremony. The costumes will benefit the museum hugely, providing hundreds of outfits for use by volunteers in interpretation of the ever popular Victorian Street. Following the opening ceremony Museum staff asked LOCOG if they may like to donate some of the costumes that were used, to Preston Hall Museum and were delighted to receive two rails of costumes. Stockton Council’s Leisure & Sports Development team and the Stockton School Sports Partnership, also worked with Abbey Hill School to deliver a Paralympic sporting event. The pupils taking part suffer from a range of physical and learning difficulties. Activities included athletics, sit down volleyball, badminton, Boccia, New Age Kurling, Football, Wheelchair Basketball and a Biathlon. Funding was granted from LOGOC and the Department for Education. Abbey Hill, Whitehouse, Our Lady and St Bedes, Ashtrees and Bishopsgarth schools all took part.
Personal Podium – still time to sign up If you’re planning a challenge, why not sign up for the Personal Podium, a new scheme to inspire people just like you to achieve your personal goals? The Personal Podium aims to spur residents to set themselves targets, then go on to achieve them – with an award at the end of it all. It’s all about choosing a goal which will help you change and improve.
The choice is up to you – the Personal Podium will simply help you gain recognition for your achievement and hopefully inspire you to overcome any obstacles. So far, challenges taken up range from cycling to work, learning to sew, riding in the Stockton Cycling Festival to learning ten new guitar chords.
Complete your challenge and you’ll be recognised on the Personal Podium website. Outstanding achievements will Free to enter, it’s open to any Stockton earn a special medal, with the opportunity Borough resident. Your challenge could be to receive it in a public ceremony at the almost anything. There are four categories: Stockton Sparkles Christmas festival.
Stockton Council lit the River Tees gold to celebrate her historic rowing win. The Olympic legacy is also being felt at Preston Park Museum after they were successful in receiving more than 80 replica period costumes, as used in the Olympic opening ceremony, from LOCOG, the Olympic organisers.
Sporting achievement Cultural and/or artistic Lifestyle Against the odds Badminton at the Stockton School Paralympics
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Here are some challenge ideas: Lose some weight Quit smoking Complete a sporting challenge (eg the Stockton River Rat Race, Stockton Triathlon or ride in the Stockton Cycling Festival) Read a book every week in 2013 Learn to swim and set a target
Simply register your challenge at www.personalpodium.co.uk then log your progress on the website. A booklet is also available from libraries and council buildings. PAGE 43