Thursday, 20 October 2011

Should Cornwall Council step into the breach to help our top athlete achieve an Olympic medal?

Cornwall Council is busy spending up to £150,000 of public money on co-ordinating the Olympic torch procession through Cornwall. At the same time, one of the top Cornish prospects for a medal at the games has lost her lottery funding.

I'm delighted that the torch will begin its progress at Lands End and have no doubt that it will bring a lot of good media coverage to Cornwall. But I question what good the Cornwall Council money will do. Nobody has yet managed to say what precisely this money will be spent on or how it will add value to a torch procession which is already being co-ordinated by the Olympic Games organising committee.

But we know that the one thing most likely to inspire young people in Cornwall to take up sport is seeing British athletes doing well and winning medals. It's even better if they are athletes from local towns and villages.

So here's a question to ponder. Out of the money earmarked for the Olympics, would Cornwall Council be better of stepping into the breach and using a small part of it to fund Jemma Simpson's bid for a medal?

UPDATE - The Cornish Guardian has covered this issue here.

1 comment:

DNP said...

In answer to your question 'no'.