Wrexham bid to attract teams at 2012 Olympic games


Garth ApThomas

PLANS are being drawn for Wrexham to capitalise on London’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012.

The Leader revealed late last year how institutions such as Wrexham FC and Glyndwr University could play a part in helping visiting athletes prepare themselves for competition.

Now Wrexham Council leisure and activity officer Ken Danskin says: “We are currently in the process of identifying potential countries and Olympic committees that we can cater for based on their team make-up from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“A North Wales group has been set up to develop what would be a regional offer in relation to hosting pre-Olympic preparation camps.

“Accredited facilities are available throughout North Wales which cater for a range of sports that include athletics, sailing, football, weightlifting canoeing and hockey.

“Accredited facilities in Wrexham include Queensway, Wrexham FC’s Racecourse ground and Collier’s Park, Glyndwr University and the North Wales Regional Tennis Centre.”

Speaking to the Leader last November, Geoff Moss, the then chairman of Wrexham FC, was very enthusiastic about the possibilities if the town was able to get involved with preparations for the Olympic Games.

He stressed the great prestige that could come to the region as a result, adding:
“This is a very exciting proposal and it would be a huge honour for the area if it gets the go-ahead.

“There is work which has to be completed before then and we need to have as much support as possible.”

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