Calls to rename Welwyn Garden City cycling track after double Olympic champion Laura Trott

PUBLISHED: 12:04 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:46 23 August 2012

Cycle track at Gosling Stadium

Cycle track at Gosling Stadium

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CALLS have been made to rename the Gosling Sports Park’s cycling track after double London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.

Laura Trott celebrates winning the women's Olympic omnium time trial [Picture: Richard Pelham/NOPP]Laura Trott celebrates winning the women's Olympic omnium time trial [Picture: Richard Pelham/NOPP]

ONLY a few of the very great British Olympians have returned home with two gold medals from one Games.

Cyclist Laura Trott can add her name to that elite list after her golden exploits in the London Velodrome.

To recognise her stunning achievement and in the hope of creating a legacy for years to come, the Welwyn Hatfield Times is calling for Gosling Sports Park’s cycling track to be renamed after the Welwyn Wheelers girl.

This way Laura, who started cycling at the Welwyn Garden City facility, would be following other Olympic greats.

Cyclist Laura Trott with her gold medals from the team sprint and the women's omnium [Picture: Georgie Gillard/NOPP]Cyclist Laura Trott with her gold medals from the team sprint and the women's omnium [Picture: Georgie Gillard/NOPP]

Rebecca Adlington’s local swimming centre in Mansfield was renamed after her double gold medal-winning triumph in the pool at Beijing in 2008, while Laura’s fellow cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy, has had Glasgow’s velodrome named in his honour.

The people of Welwyn Hatfield agree with our call, with many of our Twitter followers shouting out their support.

@Iangreen2105 said: “Lets do it! Time to give something back to the amazing @LauraTrott31 for all she’s given us over the last few weeks.”

While @SarahEHughes83 tweeted: “I think it’s a great idea and what better way to inspire people knowing that Laura cycled on the same track!”

The new stamp celebrating Laura Trott's Olympic omnium gold medal victoryThe new stamp celebrating Laura Trott's Olympic omnium gold medal victory

@LeonWeller agreed: “I think it’s a great idea to name the cycle track after Laura trott 100 per cent.”

@barrybazzabazF1 added: “Fantastic idea. Anything that gets kids an adults alike interested in cycling an other sports cant be a bad thing.”

@gritts1 suggested ‘Trott’s Track’ had a “certain ring to it”, while @james_dunmore said ‘the Trott track’ “sounds like a great name”.

Others, who were in favour of renaming the outdoor velodrome, implied that the WGC track should be given a cash boost and refurbished – just as Mansfield’s pool was when it was renamed as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre with a £5m re-opening in 2010.

@adamsparkerpen tweeted saying the renaming would be a “good idea if they [Gosling] spend a bit of money on it”.

He added: “if I was Laura Trott I wouldn’t want to be associated with it in its current state”.

@PeteDomican, who was in favour of the renaming, said the track “needs some money spending on it”.

Gosling spokesman Richard Parson said: “At this moment in time we’re more than happy to explore the opportunity of renaming the cycling track.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response to cycling since the Olympics and we’ll give this the necessary time to make the right decision for the benefit of the sports park and the community.”

Laura, who appeared on This Morning with Eamonn Holmes yesterday (Wednesday), has already appeared on two first class stamps as a result of her Olympic success and has also had a postbox in her hometown of Cheshunt painted gold in her honour.


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