Zac Purchase inspires a new generation of athletes

04.01.2013 Press

Double Olympic medallist Zac Purchase is keeping the spirit of London 2012 alive by inspiring the sporting stars of tomorrow.

The lightweight rower, who took gold in Beijing and silver in the summer, was at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to support two high-energy ventures.

The Berkshire School Games Ambassador Conference was chosen as the event to launch the Berkshire Inspiration & Participation Awards and the 2013 Berkshire School Games.

And Zac was cheering on all those running.

He said: “Today’s Young Ambassadors event recognises all that is good in the next generation of sports people – those who take part and those who volunteer.

“Team GB did so well at last summer’s Games and it’s fantastic to see the next generation already so enthused with sport at every level.

“This really is legacy in action.”

The presentation evening for the Berkshire Inspiration & Participation Awards will be held at Madejski Stadium on Friday, February 8.

The spotlight will be on those who have excelled on the sports field and those who have spurred them on to success.

Mark Lawrie, from Get Berkshire Active, said: “After an incredible year of sport for Berkshire, we wanted to ensure the legacy of the Olympics continues to inspire people across the county.

“We have launched the Inspiration & Participation Awards to celebrate those taking part in sport, as well as the volunteers who run clubs and support others in their sporting endeavours.

“The event in February promises to be a gala evening.”

Email awards@getberkshireactive.org to book tickets for the gala evening.

Then, the Olympic-style Berkshire School Games 2013 will take place at Bradfield College on Tuesday, March 26, and the summer event will be in July at Bracknell venues.

Nearly 3,000 pupils competed last year.

The vision of the games will be “to deliver a sustainable educational, sporting and community 2012 legacy across Berkshire”.

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