September 22nd, 2016

The view from Westminster: Karen Lumley reflects on GB’s sporting success

The view from Westminster: Karen Lumley reflects on GB’s sporting success The view from Westminster: Karen Lumley reflects on GB’s sporting success
Updated: 10:51 am, Aug 26, 2016

ON Tuesday we saw Great Britain’s record-breaking Olympics team arrive back in London from the Rio Games. Team GB won a total of 67 medals, beating their previous tally of 65 from the 2012 London Olympics Games, and making Britain the first country to improve on their home medal success. This also saw Britain come second in the medals table, above China, for the first time since 1984.

Many have attributed Great Britain’s success to John Major, whose government made the decision to launch the National Lottery which allocates 20 per cent of all ticket sales to sport, funding athletes like the ones we have just seen on television and whom we will also see during the Paralympics.

At times like this it makes me very proud to be British! I hope this has truly inspired young people to get more involved in sport and how with hard work and determination gold medals can be won.

It’s amazing to think it was only just last year I was stood congratulating Laura Trott and presenting her with a medal for winning the Tour Series Redditch Bike Race. To see her win two gold medals at this year’s Games has been truly wonderful to watch! Hopefully she will come back to Redditch next year to compete once again in the highly anticipated bike race, also helping to inspire others to take up cycling.

On another spectacular sporting note, last Sunday a football team from Special Olympics Redditch won the South West Regional Football tournament in Newton Abbott. This is a brilliant achievement for Special Olympics, for Redditch, for disability football and sport! I am proud to be a patron of this local charity. Congratulations to everyone at Special Olympics!

I would also like to congratulate all the students in Redditch who received their GCSE results yesterday Well done and I hope all your hard work has paid off.

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