Chair of the London 2012 Seb Coe Visits Weymouth
7:19am 5th September 2012
(Updated 7:20am 5th September 2012)
Sebastian Coe visited Weymouth yesterday to recognise the hard work involved during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the borough.
He made a stop at the free Sports Arena on Weymouth beach where he thanked the staff personally and tried some golf.
Many of the staff who got to meet him said it was an "absolute pleasure" for him to recognise their work.
Seb Coe, LOCOG chair said: "When we went to Singapore in 2005 to bid for the Games, we emphasised the role that a London Games would play in inspiring young people to take up sport. The sports arena gives people the opportunity to taste a range of both Olympic and Paralympic sports and I'm delighted to support this initiative."
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's brief holder for Social Inclusion, Cllr Kate Wheller said: "We were delighted to welcome Seb Coe to Weymouth and Portland today and thrilled that he could come and see for himself just how much people are enjoying the free sports arena and to meet and talk to so many of the ambassadors and the people of all abilities taking the opportunity to try out a whole range of Paralympic sports."
Martin Kimberley, Chief Executive of Active Dorset said: "It was great to see him. It was good for the visitors and it was uplifting for our work force to see his support for the sports arena."
Weymouth and Portland Ambassador volunteers, Janet Catterall and Dr Lea Brindell met Seb Coe, who autographed a Paralympics Visitors Guide for them. Janet said: "He was a really nice guy. He is a real credit to the Olympics. He made a point of thanking us both for being Ambassadors.
Lea added: "We thanked him on behalf of all the Weymouth and Portland Ambassadors."
The sports arena, which proved hugely popular during the Olympic Games, has been set up by Dorset County Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Active Dorset and the Team Dorset Challenge.
The free arena opened again on Saturday 1 September and has so far given more than 5000 people a taste of Paralympic sports including wheelchair basket ball, seated volleyball and boccia (a precision sport, similar to boules), as well as water sports such as sailing and windsurfing.
From now until Wednesday 5 September the arena is open to the public from 11am until 5pm. On Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September the arena will be open to the public from 2.30pm - 5pm.