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Olympic fever boosts Be Active Truro festival

2012 Be Active Truro Festival

Olympic fever following Team GB's medal success has inspired people to try out new activities, organisers of sporting festival Be Active Truro say.

Lemon Quay was "buzzing" all last week for the six-day festival featuring sports and activities, from a climbing wall to Zumba dance demonstrations.

Organised by Truro City Council, Totally Truro Business Improvement District and Cornwall Sports Partnership, hundreds of people tried out new activities and found out what their local sports clubs in Cornwall have to offer.

Highlights of the festival include a business sports day with six teams participating, won by the West Briton's own Team WB, a BMX display and orienteering around the city using GPS technology.

Thursday was "Wheels Day", with activities for people of all abilities, including wheelchair basketball and inclusive bikes that can be used by disabled people. On Friday, more than 100 young people from communities outside Truro took part in the Cornwall Street Games event.

Sam Parker from Totally Truro BID said: "The excitement around the Olympics this week really got people interested to try out new activities. We were keen to work with Cornwall Sports Partnership to show what great sports clubs we have in and around Truro.
"This event is proving to be popular and is set to grow year on year, with lots of involvement from local businesses including Cotswold Outdoor and Clive Mitchell Cycles. We're looking forward to continuing to develop the events in the future."

Cornwall Sports Partnership carried out a survey of adults to find out their current levels of activity, what sports they might like to try and what is holding them back from getting out and staying active.

Natasha Howard, partnership development officer for Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "It was a really successful week and was buzzing throughout the festival. We hope to have signposted people to some great new sports or activities in their local area."

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