Wednesday 18 May 2011

Another one of the good days

Early start today, for a radio interview next to the River Cam in Chesterton.  This coincided with the announcement that both Peterborough and Cambridge are to get overnight stops as part of the torch relay.

These sorts of good news stories are great for politicians - but the most important thing is this is really good news for the County.  The closer and closer we get to the Olympics the more the excitement is going to ramp up; the overnight stops will create local events that will bring the Olympics out of London and to Cambridgeshire.

Also with me first thing this morning was Ben Hicks, a prospective Olympic rower, all 6'7" of him!! I then went to Trinity College and did the Launch of the Moment to Shine campaign where Goldie Sayers, Olympic Javelin thrower was on hand to help.  I have to say both our Olympians were a pleasure to chat to - as was Goldie's proud mum.  Moment to Shine is the first of a few campaigns to get people nominated to be torch bearers.  We need people to nominate inspirational people to be bearers for the relay, to give people that really deserve it the opportunity for an experience that will live with them forever.  If you know someone - go here and nominate them.

My final set of interviews were in another location with some young people.  Doing lots of television and press filming.  The young people came from Hinchinbrooke school, and local school sports partnerships.  I heve to say they were excellent, working with Goldie, being filmed with Hinchinbrooke's own version of the Olympic torch and also putting up with being interviewed by me - basically doing everything that was asked of them in a manner that was a real credit to them.  I did ask at one point what they would remember most - being interviewed by a politician or meeting an olympian (don't worry -I know the answer!!)

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