Athletes visit London Olympic Park site

PUBLISHED: 16:32 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009

Young Athletes on their Olympic Park visit

Young Athletes on their Olympic Park visit

TEEN Times Territory sport stars from the Herts Elite Athlete Support Programme were inspired by a visit to London s Olympic Park site. The likes of Herts Phoenix 400m runner Nathan Wake went on the trip to East London. He said: Seeing the Olympic Park w

TEEN Times Territory sport stars from the Herts Elite Athlete Support Programme were inspired by a visit to London's Olympic Park site.

The likes of Herts Phoenix 400m runner Nathan Wake went on the trip to East London.

He said: "Seeing the Olympic Park was really inspirational for me and the other athletes.

"Going to the site and seeing it all in full swing really brings it home that it's not long now.

"It is the next Olympics and it's only three years away. Hopefully, I'll be there."

Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Partnership organised the trip as part of their support for the scheme.

Many of the athletes on the programme are aiming for success at the London 2012 Games and 2016 Games, so a day like this makes it a reality for them to see the site where they could be competing.

The athletes were also invited, through the Elite Athlete Support Programme, to a special training session at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

It is the largest indoor and outdoor athletics centre for London and the South of England.

Also it is the main training base for many senior elite athletes such as Beijing Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu.

The Elite Athlete Support Programme helps 25 athletes a year who live in Herts.

It provides them with strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy, nutritional advice, free gym membership and much more.

To be selected for the programme athletes need to be competing at a national or international level.

This support is provided free of charge to the athletes thanks to sponsorship by the Herts Sports Partnership, University of Hertfordshire, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the English Institute of Sport.

David Chalfen, from Lee Valley Park Authority, said: "We're really pleased to continue our funding of the programme.

"We have a priority on regional coverage and high sports performance particularly in some of the Olympic sports.

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