Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Introducing Solihull’s Olympic legends

The Olympic Torch Relay’s visit to Solihull on Sunday 1 July is set to be extra special, as some of the borough’s own Olympic legends will be in Solihull High Street to cheer it on.

Solihull Council has been on the lookout for people with a local connection who have represented Great Britain at an Olympic Games, for a new scheme that recognises their achievement and also gives them the chance to pass on their experience to the legends of tomorrow.

One of the Solihull Legends watching the Torch Relay on 1 July will be cyclist Harry Reynolds, who won a silver medal in the team road race in the 1956 Games in Melbourne.

Also attending will be Dave and Pat Cropper – a husband and wife team of Solihull Olympians.

Dave Cropper made the semi finals of the 800m at both the 1968 Games in Mexico City and the 1972 Games in Munich. He also later became chairman of the AAA – the Amateur Athletic Association.

Pat also competed in the 800m in both 1968 and 1972, finishing sixth in the Mexico City final.

As well as this, Pat was a holder of five world records – twice in the 4x800m relay, twice in the 3x800m relay and once in the 4x400m relay, a record achieved along with the gold medal in the 1969 European Championships in Athens, where the British team beat the French by 0.03 seconds in a thrilling final.

All three legends will be special guests on 1 July when the Torch Relay for this summer’s Games comes to the borough.

Solihull Council would also like to hear from any other borough residents who have competed at the Olympic Games and would like to be involved with the Solihull Olympic Legends programme. Anyone interested should email or phone 0121 704 6996.

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