Thursday, July 25, 2024

Council leader looks to Olympic legacy

AS PART of our series of Olympic legacy films this week, we interviewed the leader of Thurrock Council, cllr John Kent.

We asked cllr Kent how he defined the term, “Olympic legacy” and we asked what the council could do to ensure that the people of the borough have the best chance possible to gain from the feel-good factor or Olympic bounce.

His thoughts were echoed by portfolio holder for the environment, cllr Victoria Holloway.

Cllr Holloway said: “A wonderful couple of weeks showcasing Great Britain’s sporting talents has just finished and I don’t know anyone who has watched the games who hasn’t felt extremely proud of team GB’s successes.

“The whole country has been brought together in the spirit of the games from the start of the torch relay through to the cheesy and entertaining closing ceremony.

“If you have been inspired to get involved in sport there are a variety of club’s and facilities available in Thurrock. We have a very strong foundation on which to build our local Olympic legacy. Sports Partnership is an excellent example, with one of our outstanding secondary schools, William Edwards having a Sports Specialism and playing a leadership role across the Borough on building sporting excellence.

“So many of the athletes had amazing stories on their journey to taking part in events and going on to be winners! To me it showed that nothing is impossible if you want to take part. Find out how you can and, you never know, in 4 years’ time you could be in Rio!”

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