100 days to go!
Wednesday April 18 marks just 100 days to go to the opening of London 2012 Games - on July 27 - and Cornwall is currently getting ready to celebrate the greatest sporting show on earth!
Even if you've missed out on tickets and won't be heading to London, there are still plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved and make the 2012 Games memorable in Cornwall. And, with 100 days to go it's time to think how you will make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, with Team Cornwall working hard to bring you a variety of options.
The next big date for your diary is 19 May when the Olympic torch will start its journey from Land's End and meander its way through Cornwall, stopping off at twenty different communities for a series of celebrations. One of the biggest stops along the way will be Newquay and, in honour of the flame, Newquay Sports Centre is holding a fun-fuelled day of festivities. They day will commence with a mini triathlon for primary and secondary students and will take place across the sports centre and school grounds. Alongside this will be the family fun day with free, enjoyable activities on offer, including: Rush Hockey, Bowls, Judo, Wheelchair Basketball, Disability bikes, Basketball, Netball, Golf, Cricket, Crazy catch, Bouncy Castle and Bucking Bronco. People can just turn up and have fun or enter a team on the day for the Olympic Sport Challenge Competition.
There will of course be community celebrations taking place across the whole county on Saturday 19 May so make sure you get involved with your local event. What's more, if you wanted to organise your own, you could run a 'Community Games' event and receive training and funding to make your event go off with a bang; your first step is to register your interest at www.communitygames.org.uk .
You don't need to be a part of Team GB to get active this summer, why not inspire yourself to try something new or do a bit more by joining our online activity challenge; all you need is a couple of work friends and you are ready! Register and log your activity online at www.getactivecornwall.co.uk and watch yourself get fitter before your eyes over the six weeks of the challenge. Send your details to email@example.com now and you can be the first to know when and how to get involved.
Schools are getting set for the Games and young people are already being inspired by 2012, so make sure you support their enthusiasm! In June our most talented young athletes will be performing in the Cornwall School Games in Newquay, and schools are also able to take advantage of a range of 2012 benefits and resources by joining the Get Set network: www.getset.london2012.com
The county also has two great cultural activities in support of the Games: Kernocopia, celebrating Cornwall's sporting assets on a world stage, takes the stories of 5 historically important sports and turns them into theatre, dance music and resources in a celebration of sport in Cornwall - visit www.kernowcopia.co.uk for further details; plus 38 Cornish museums in the county will have 2012 exhibitions of sporting and Olympic related memorabilia, depicting our culturally rich and distinctive sporting past with unique artefacts uncovered and exhibited for the first time.
This year you can also do your bit to support future Olympians by volunteering in sport with a new Olympic-inspired programme! Whether it's planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part - sport doesn't just happen, it needs people to make it happen. The Sport Makers programme offers people the chance to receive the skills, knowledge and opportunities needed to help get more people playing sport, whilst also becoming a part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy: visit www.sportmakers.co.uk to register your interest now!
Whatever you choose to do this summer, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the Olympic celebrations in Cornwall. Don't miss out in being a part of it, find details of what's happening locally on the Cornwall Sports Partnership's website: www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk