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Welcome to the Championing
the East Midlands website
for the London 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic Games

The East Midlands is committed to maximising the benefits from the Games. This site will keep you up to date with what is happening at a regional and local level as well as the latest news from London 2012.

  • Andy Turner, gold medallist at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, at Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire
  • Triathlete Hollie Avil, who competed at the Beijing Olympics and is the current under 23 world champion at Leicester’s Highcross
  • David Florence, Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist on the Cascade at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire
  • Becky Downie artistic gymnast who finished 12th at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, at Foxton Locks in Leicestershire
  • Daniel Greaves, Athens 2004 Paralympic Champion in the F44 discus, on the shores of Rutland Water
  • England Hockey player Helen Richardson, with Lucy Brown, at Nottingham Contemporary
  • Sam Oldham, Bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, at Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
  • Catriona Sibert and Samuel Brightman, Great Britain fencers at U17 and U20 level, at Stanage Edge in Derbyshire
  • Jordache Akpoveta, Rod Wellington and Jake Smith, underneath the Dean's Eye window at Lincoln Cathedral

latest updates

Leicester hosts Paralympic Flame Celebration

LEICESTER will have the great honor of being the only place in the East Midlands and one of only 33 nationally to host a Flame Celebration next Saturday as part of the Paralympic Torch Relay.
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Join In weekend 18-19 August

What do Kristian Thomas, Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, and Greg Rutherford have in common? For them – and every great athlete – the Olympic dream began at their local sports club.
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The Movement Inspires Olympic visitors with Magical Performance

Dancers and a singer from The Movement - a partnership between Derby County Football Club and Derby City Council - have described their performance at the Olympic Park as “electrifying.”
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Street Racing is back 4-5 August

Street Racing will be the main feature at the Nottingham Riverside Festival Sports zone 2012. Future sprinting stars will also have the opportunity to watch the London 2012 Olympics Live on a Big Screen.
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The final countdown!

The London 2012 Olympic Games kicks off with the Opening Ceremony at 9pm on 27 July. Make it a night to remember, sign up to be a local leader for Opening Night in Inspiration.
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£1.47m Olympic Legacy for East Midlands sports clubs

30 community sports projects in the East Midlands benefit from a £1,471,759 legacy windfall from the Inspired Facilities Olympic legacy fund
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Sir Charles Allen experiences Team GB kitting out

Sir Charles Allen, Chair of the Nations and Regions Group, visited Loughborough University this week.
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Gary Lineker turns Torchbearer in Leicester

TV presenter Gary Lineker has carried the Olympic Torch in his home city Leicester this morning. A former player for Leicester City, it was with no surprise that many Leicester City fans had got up early.
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Althorp School Games welcomes special guest

Children at today's Althorp School Games gave a cheerful welcome to the Olympic Torch. The School Games which was attended by 550 children from local rural primary schools was delighted to welcome the Torch
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Crowds come out for sunny day 3

The Olympic Torch received a warm welcome as it made its way into Derbyshire today. Today's journey included visits to Newstead Abbey, Chatsworth House and a ride in the Heights of Abraham cable cars.
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The Journey continues into Nottinghamshire

The thunder and lighting couldn't dampen the Torch's spirits as it made its way from Lincoln to Nottingham. Crowds braved the bad weather to wave the Torch on as it continues its journey through the region.
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Red Arrows celebrate Torch's arrival in style

As Day 1 of the Olympic Torch's journey through the East Midlands comes to an end, the Red Arrows decorated Lincoln's summer sky with an impressive display.
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Evening Celebration

The Olympic Torch is in the East Midlands!

Welcomed by thousands the Torch received a rapturous lunchtime applause in Skegness. The Torch is now making its way in land before stopping for an evening of celebration in the City of Lincoln.
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Torch arrives in East Midlands tomorrow

For all the last information on the Torch Relay; including when and where it will be in your local community, and advice to help you celebrate. Please follow the link below.
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BBC East Midlands announces its plans for coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

The plans include a dedicated BBC Olympic Torch Relay Bus with a radio studio on board that will tour the region and local radio outside broadcasts every day from key locations.
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Championing the East Midlands June Newsletter Available Online

Keeping you up to date with national, regional and local progress towards the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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countdown to london 2012

Olympic Games

27 July - 12 Aug


days to go

Paralympic Games

29 Aug - 9 Sept


days to go