COUNTY GOES FOR OLYMPIC GOLD! County to Attract Athletes Training for London Games

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COUNTY GOES FOR OLYMPIC GOLD! County to Attract Athletes Training for London Games


Byline: By Warren Manger

SEVEN Warwickshire venues have been picked to become training camps for the world's top athletes during the 2012 Olympics.

Twelve sites including sports centres, universities and schools in Coventry and Warwickshire have made the shortlist of elite sites which will be used by overseas athletes preparing for the London games.

They include Warwick University for fencing, table tennis and indoor volleyball; and Royal Leamington Spa Polo Club, Stoneleigh Park and Warwickshire College at Morton Morrell for equestrian.

Rugby School has been selected for archery, Draycote Water near Rugby for triathalon, and Pingles Leisure Centre in Nuneaton for athletics.

Bringing top national teams to train in Coventry and Warwickshire will provide a massive boost for the region's economy and tourist trade.

Tom Clift, the region's 2012 opportunities coordinator, said: "We have already had interest from countries that would require the use of a variety of venues so our Olympic dream has already begun."

Cllr Chris Saint, Warwickshire County Council's portfolio holder for economic development, said: "This is great news for Warwickshire and the region as a whole."

"The selection of these venues puts Warwickshire firmly in the international spotlight and hopefully we will see a good take-up from teams from around the world."

Ioan Morgan, Principal of Warwickshire College, said: "We are delighted that Moreton Morrell has been chosen to represent Warwickshire College as a training camp for 2012. …

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