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2012 Olympic dreams in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 11:58 13 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:40 20 February 2013

2012 Olympic dreams in Surrey

2012 Olympic dreams in Surrey

As the countdown to the Olympics begins, and here in Surrey we get ready for the cycling race, former world champion cyclist Tony Doyle MBE, who lives in Woking, shares his thoughts - plus other Olympic stories

As the countdown to the Olympics begins, and here in Surrey we get ready for the cycling race that will come right through the heart of our county, former world champion cyclist Tony Doyle MBE, who lives in Woking, shareshis thoughts onthis once-in-a-lifetime event every month in Surrey Life magazine

For more Olympic stories, read down(latest last)

* Surrey Life magazine March 2012 with carry an everything you need to know about the Olympics in Surrey special *

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Originally published in November 2010

Antigua and Barbuda sign up with Surrey

Cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards joined representatives from the Antigua and Barbuda Olympic committee in Guildford to finalise a deal to use Surrey venues for their 2012 Olympic training.

Senator Chet Greene, the president of the Olympic committee, signed the agreement at the brand new Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, with former cricketers Sir Vivian Richards and Alec Stewart, as well as 1980 Olympic 100m champion Alan Wells, as witnesses

Having seen Surrey Sports Park for the first time today, its totally ideal for my country, said Sir Vivian, who had been with his home nations athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi before flying to the UK for the signing. These are amazing facilities and after seeing the welcome that we received here, the team has seen what I love about this part of the world.

The athletes will train at the Guildford Spectrum and the Surrey Sports Park in 2012 and stay in the Universitys accommodation.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2011

SPOTLIGHT: sprint hurdler Andy Turner

Britains third quickest sprint hurdler of all time, 30-year-old Andy Turner, who is based in Sutton, is one of the leading lights of British athletics. As he looks forward to the Olympics, here we put him under the Surrey Life spotlight

What do the Olympics mean to you?
Its the pinnacle of any athletes career to compete for their country at the Olympic Games, especially in London. Ive been to two before and theres nothing like the atmosphere you experience.

How important is it to have the games on our doorstep?
Its massively important. The Olympics appeal to the masses and this really is something for the whole country to get behind and be inspired by. The games will leave a legacy in Surrey for decades to come, so everyone needs to get behind it.

And what will you be doing here in the build-up?
Ill be training here! Also, I often do work in schools because I believe its really important for athletes to give back, especially in the areas they come from, so Ill definitely continue to do that in the lead-up to the games.

Originally published in February 2011

Surrey businesses going for gold

Surrey businesses are leading the way in the run up to London 2012, winning more Olympic contracts than anywhere else in the south east - in fact, they have won a staggering 90% of this business so far.

Security companies, caterers, construction firms and management consultants are among the businesses that have struck contracts related to London 2012, worth about 740 million to the local economy.

In 2008, the economy was in a difficult situation and recession loomed, says Cllr Denise Saliagopoulos. Over 9billion is being spent on the 2012 Games and my job was to convince local companies that they should compete for a share of this windfall.

Surrey businesses, from large multinationals based here, such as BAM Nuttall, Skanska and Philips, to smaller companies like Phase Office Supplies, Chertsey and Charlesworth Marquees, Godalming are among those to have already won contracts, but the countys companies are encouraged to continue getting involved.

The good news is that there is still about 200 million worth of contracts to be won, says Denise. These are ideal for small companies, which is why we are putting on events for small businesses to let them know about how to apply."

Originally published in June 2011

Almost 2,000 Surrey schoolchildren in Olympic ring world record bid

Photo: High Level Photography

Hundreds of Surrey schoolchildren joined together in Guildford in a bid to set a record for the largest number of people to form Olympic rings.

The display at George Abbot School coincided with International Olympic Day and the 400-day countdown to the London 2012 Olympics.

The 1,900 children, school staff and councillors were joined by Team GB kayakers Rachel Cawthorn and Abigail Edmonds, 800m runner Adelle Tracey and sprinter Sophia Warner on Thursday.

Surrey County Council, which organised the event, hopes it may have been a world record.

The previous record is thought to have been set on June 24, 2008, in Beijing, China, and featured 1,202 people.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2011

Surrey towns and villages on the 2012 torch trail

The Olympic torch will be carried through a number of Surrey towns and villages as it heads through our county to the London 2012 Games.

The flame will pass through Egham and Felbridge on Tuesday July 10 and Tuesday July 17 respectively, before returning to the county on Friday July 20.

It will then go through Godstone, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere and Godalming before reaching Guildford, where a night of celebrations is planned for Stoke Park.

The torch then passes on to Kingston and Richmond before its final run from Hampton Court Palace to the Olympic Stadium in time for the opening ceremony on Friday July 27.

Surrey is, of course, also hosting next years Olympic road cycle races, for which a million spectators are expected to line the route.

Originally published in January 2012

1908 London Olympics programme found in West Clandon home of Tarzans friend

A rare programme from the 1908 London Olympics has been unearthed during a house clearance of a West Clandon.

Found among a large amount of Olympic memorabilia and photographs at the house of a close friend of Johnny Weissmuller the Olympic gold medallist who went on to become a movie star, most notably as Tarzan - the 22-page programme contains adverts for Robinson's Barley Water and Pears' soap alongside event details.

The 1908 Games were staged in the Great Stadium in Shepherds Bush, west London, after a volcanic eruption in Italy disrupted plans to hold the event in Rome.

Jeffrey Avery, who runs his own house clearance and valuers firm, made the discovery while sorting through rubbish and believes it to be worth around 500.

The programme will be added to Jeffrey Avery & Associates' UK House Clearance Museum - a private collection of artifacts and interesting items kept for historical purposes and research, which is due to go online.

Originally published in January 2012

Surrey Olympic volunteerswanted

With more than a million people expected to visit Surrey during the 2012 games, Surrey County Council is calling for enthusiastic people to volunteer as local ambassadors on the four days the Olympic cycle events and torch relay take place.

Volunteers will be at key locations along the cycle route or at railway stations to give directions, provide information about the Olympic events, direct spectators to facilities and encourage them to visit local attractions and events taking place during and after the games.

Ambassadors need to be 18 or over and be able to commit to at least two days of five hours, between Friday July 20 and Wednesday August 1.

Applications close on Tuesday January 31. For more information and to apply visit

Originally published in February 2012

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunts Olympic tour visits Surrey

Businesses in Surrey were urged to make the most of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the culture secretary continued his 2012 tour at Farnham Castle.

Surrey can help start the Olympic gold rush this summer with the two road cycling events on the first weekend of the games coming right through the county, said Jeremy Hunt, whose visit was in part promoting a new discount scheme launched by VisitEngland.

Aimed at boosting domestic tourism during London 2012, the scheme means that holidaymakers booking a UK short break before the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be eligible for a 20.12 per cent discount.

Box Hill will be the make or break moment for Mark Cavendish and the rest of the Team GB riders, he continued. But its make or break time now for Surreys tourism businesses to sign up for the 20.12% discount scheme and encourage Brits to ditch Cyprus for Surrey and holiday at home in 2012.

The event, which was hosted by Visit Surrey chair Kevin Lorimer, showcased the business, tourism, cultural and sporting opportunities that the games bring.

Those businesses interested in getting involved should go to where they will be able to find out more about the campaign and upload their special offer.

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