Help map out Welwyn Hatfield’s links with Olympics and Paralympics

DO you know your Ann Jenners from your Gail Emms, or your Jodie Williams from your Ben Swains?

If you do, the Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance would like to here from you.

The group has teamed up with Mill Green Museum to launch a new project which will map out the borough’s Olympic and Paralympic history.

They are compiling a list of those with any association to Welwyn Hatfield who has competed in a past Olympic or Paralympic Games, or is set to feature at London next year.

Information already gleaned include Gail Emms, who trained at the University of Hertfordshire, and won mixed doubles badminton silver at Athens 2004.

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Also, Welwyn Athletics Club member Ann Jenner competed at Rome in 1960, where she reached the second round of the 100m sprint.

Alliance chairman David Bartlett said the information would be used for educational purposes.

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He said: “We want to get a banner stand to take around schools to inspire the kids and tell them what the Olympics is all about.

“In the lead-up to London, it’s a good opportunity to find them and recognise them.”

He added: “We need to ask the public if they can add any information or photos to what we have already, as we have had no real info so far.”

Mr Bartlett said the sportsmen and women could have been born in, a resident of, or went to school in Welwyn Hatfield, or played or trained for a club in the borough.

If you can help with any other information, or photos, call Mr Bartlett on 01438 715374 or email

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