Worcestershire's contribution to the London 2012 Olympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic Games has now drawn to a close and what a triumph it has been!
Even before the sports started, the turnout for the Olympic torch relay in Worcestershire and across the country showed this was not just an event for London but one for every community to enjoy.

Of course we congratulate the athletes. These men and women have committed their lives to their sports and have become excellent role models for our young people. Seeing the Union Flag rising again and again has made us feel very proud to be British.

Itís also important, though, that we remember everyone that has made these events possible.

The G4S fiasco before the Games was soon forgotten as our armed forces and other security staff pulled together and delivered an outstanding service.

Thousands of volunteers have also given up so much of their time to ensure that all events run smoothly and efficiently. Despite the long hours they have dedicated to working, their spirits were always high. And donít letís forget those crowds whose vocal support meant so much to the athletes.

We can be particularly proud of Worcestershireís contribution to the Olympics. Our county produced two Olympians: Alex Gregory, a former Evesham Rowing Club ace who won a gold medal in the menís four and local boy, Zac Purchase, who secured silver in the double sculls. Many of the volunteers, members of the armed forces and professional staff, like Margaret Werrett from Droitwich who was a starter in the athletics stadium, will have come from Worcestershire too.

The involvement of the whole country has been part of the success of the Games. From athletes to experts, from volunteers to armed service personnel, this has been a great team effort Ė a real Team GB.

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