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ANDY'S SCHOOL FOR THOUGHT

11 September 2012

Fitness coach on the legacy of the Olympics

Andy Liddell is hoping the legacy of London 2012 will see competitive sport become an integral factor in schools.

Town’s fitness coach joined the millions around the country as an avid follower of the Olympics and Paralympics over the summer, telling Ipswich Player: “I watched everything. It was fantastic sport.

“It started with Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford winning gold in that amazing half hour on the first Saturday and it took off from there.

“For me the highlight was the 800m when the guy [David Rudisha] just basically sprinted around two laps of the track. I was awestruck at that, it was phenomenal.

“They talk about legacy and I hope we see that with the kids. I know the  figures joining running clubs and youth clubs has shot up and that’s fantastic. I hope it continues.

“When I was a kid, I played sport all day long but youngsters nowadays have so much else they can do.  Hopefully what we have seen over the summer can inspire kids out there.

“It’s very important in schools. I’m a big believer in competitive sport in schools. That’s so important.”


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