Olympic legend Linford Christie once again checked out Swindon’s sprinting talent when he visited the town on 8 July.
The gold medal-winning sprinter brought his Street Athletics event back to Broadgreen to give young athletes the chance to compete in a series of 60m races. He last held the free youth engagement programme aimed at young people aged 20 and under who are not currently engaged in sport event in the town three years.
The sprints were aimed at four different age groups – U13s, U15s, U17s and U20s. The top three male and females from each group will be put forward to compete against young people from 10 other cities in the Street Athletics national finals in Manchester on 18 August.
The event was organised by Swindon Borough Council, in partnership with the Broad Street Area Community Council and Nuff Respect. Cllr Keith Williams, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Strategic Transport, said: “I am really pleased that we were able to host Street Athletics again as it proved to be extremely popular when Linford and his team last came to Broadgreen.
“Our aim is that it encourages more young people to get involved in sport by either joining local sports clubs or using some of the council’s leisure facilities. The event is also a good opportunity to see if we have any talented young athletes in Swindon who could follow in Linford’s footsteps.”
Linford said: “Street Athletics is an amazing project now in its eighth year. We have seen thousands of young people taking part in races across the country. For us it began on the streets challenging other kids from other estates to race against us and if we hadn’t have done that we never would have got to where we are today.”
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