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Olympic campaign shortlisted for award

Date: 03/12/2008           Category: Leisure

Medway’s 2012 campaign has been short-listed for a national award. Medway Council has been named as one of two finalists in the Creating a Lasting Legacy category of the Sustainable Communities Awards 2009. The award recognises local authorities that are taking a lead in using the opportunities presented by the Olympic and Paralympic Games to make lasting differences to their communities. Judges in the Local Government Chronicle and Health Service Journal-sponsored awards are looking for plans that encourage people of all ages to participate in sport, to live healthy, active lives and to develop inclusive communities. Medway’s nomination profiled four core 2012-inspired initiatives, including the £11m project to transform the Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham into a regional centre of sporting excellence. The submission also detailed the Our Medway 2012 education scheme for every Medway primary school, the Medway Games programme and the work to identify and support talented young athletes. Medway 2012 manager Bob Dimond said: “We are thrilled to have been short-listed for this national award. “We are determined to create a lasting legacy for the people of Medway from 2012 and being short-listed by the judges demonstrates that we are succeeding with those Olympic ambitions.” Medway Council launched the Medway 2012 campaign on 23 January 2007 – 2012 days before the start of the London Games. Since then, a raft of initiatives has been launched across 10 strategy areas including business, tourism, health, culture and education. The two core objectives of the campaign are to ensure Medway 2012 benefits every resident of Medway and to use 2012 to help establish Medway as a city of learning, culture, tourism and enterprise. The winners of the Sustainable Communities Awards 2009 will be announced in February.