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Champion cyclist helps celebrations

Residents were given a chance to get fit with a world champion as part of celebrations to mark 100 days until the Olympics.

The former British world cycling champion Tony Doyle MBE was exercising in the outdoor gym at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park as part of the celebrations in the Southwark area.

The aim of the exercise was to encourage more people to get fit as well as to celebrate the London 2012 Games.

Tony also took part in a mini Olympics event at St Jude’s School and St George’s School during his visit to the area.

The cyclist, who won two world pursuit championships and four European pursuit titles in his career, said: “The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity for young people to explore different activities, make new friends and have a whole lot of fun.

“I’m proud to be involved in encouraging school children to take part in sport which is enjoyable and really good for them. Who knows, one of these kids today, might be tomorrow’s world champion or Olympic medal winner.”

Cllr Veronica Ward, Southwark’s cabinet member for the Olympics, said: “With just 100 days to go until the London 2012, we want to see as many people as possible get into the Olympic spirit, try out a new sport or leisure activity and get fit and healthy.

“The Games will provide a wealth of entertainment and spectacle to inspire our residents and with millions of visitors expected in London and Southwark we have the chance to welcome the world to our culture, heritage and sports facilities.”


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