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Minister highlights Wales' Olympic legacy

As the countdown to London 2012 continues, Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis meets the International Olympic Committee as the Millennium Stadium continues preparations to host the first official competition of the Games.
Thursday 02 February 2012

The Committee are on a UK wide tour of facilities that will host events outside of London. The women's preliminary football match in Cardiff on the 25 July will mark the start of the Games' competitive schedule.

Looking ahead to the visit, the Minister said:

"Multi-sport Olympic and Paralympic teams from 19 countries have chosen Wales as their training camp in the run up to the Games. This is testament to the first class sporting facilities Wales boasts with teams choosing bases in north and south Wales including Wrexham, Swansea , Cardiff and Newport.

"Welsh companies have also benefited from Olympic contracts worth over £38 million whilst official Games medals and commemorative coins are creating a further Welsh connection following production at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

"Inspirational people from across Wales have been offered a once in a lifetime chance to be Olympic torch bearers. This will be their moment to shine. And with the media and broadcasters poised to follow the Olympic flame, people across the world can catch a glimpse of Welsh communities as the torch passes through our towns and historic landmarks in May."

Children and young people are also getting behind the Games with 956 schools across Wales signed up to the Get Set programme. This online teaching aid offers tips and information on how to involve young people in the sporting and cultural legacy of London 2012. Educational features include recipe cards and fact files from competing countries, sports activities, and advice on how to instil Olympic values such as determination and team work. Many Welsh schools in the Get Set network are also eligible for tickets to the Games.

Young people can also get in the competing spirit through Gemau Cymru. This flagship multi-sport programme, delivered by Yr Urdd,  offers talented young athletes the chance to compete at a national level in a range of Olympic inspired events.

Meanwhile Wales’ Cultural Olympiad, The Power of the Flame, is encouraging creativity and innovation through Games inspired arts and culture projects. The Power of the Flame offers young people across Wales the chance to get involved in projects such as historic storytelling, performance art and exhibitions.



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