I was well chuffed today to wake up to some super news for Sandwell – three of our six towns are to share in the excitement of next year’s Olympic torch relay.
The Olympic flame will be proudly carried through Oldbury, West Brom and Smethwick on its journey around the UK, an once-in-a-lifetime chance for thousands of local people to see a little bit of history.
I couldn’t be more pleased for them and the borough as a whole.
It’s a massive coup for Sandwell to be among the 1,000-plus villages, towns and cities across theUKwhich will see the Olympic Flame at first hand.
And it will give us all an opportunity to come together and celebrate the fact that our country is hosting the Olympics.
I see today’s announcement as a clear sign that the 2012 Games will benefit places like Sandwell.
We already have two new AdiZone outdoor gyms at Victoria Park, Smethwick, andDartmouthPark,West Bromwich, which were partly funded by adidas in their role as official Olympic sponsor.
The fact that the Olympic flame will be so close will be a real boost for Sandwell’s sporting talent, such as Oldbury-based triathlete Jodie Stimpson who is hoping to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Games and trains at Langley Swimming Centre.
Make a note in your diary for next year – the Olympic flame will be with us on Saturday 30 June. It’s in mine already!