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The Olympic Dream - how far do you go?
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Old 26-01-09, 19:14   #1
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With all the talk about the closing of leisure facilities in the area and the news that Olympic 2012 funding has been slashed in certain sports what would be your view on helping sportmen/women on achieving the goal of competing in an olympic games?

Would you support someone who had the chance or do you think it's a whole lot of money for a dream that may never happen.

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Re: The Olympic Dream - how far do you go?

I would prefer a swimming pool to the singing ringing tree or the halo and I think people who are willing to push themselves in sport should be given support both locally and nationally.
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I would prefer a swimming pool to the singing ringing tree or the halo and I think people who are willing to push themselves in sport should be given support both locally and nationally.
The Halo had a budget of just over 500,000 and add to that 420,000 which is to be spent on fixing/updating the Irwell Sculpture Trail and god knows how many 100,000's spent on the Adrenaline Gateway, designed to get more people doing "adreanaline sports" in Rossendale. Quite ironic when Rossendale BC can't even keep existing extremely popular 'traditional' sporting venues from closing or crumbling.

It's really sad that tax payer's money gets channelled into these very wasteful projects. I reckon with the money blown on such projects over the years, Rossendale could have had first-class sporting venues the envy of all around.

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Would you support someone who had the chance or do you think it's a whole lot of money for a dream that may never happen.

Just intriqued on how people view this
Anyway, back to Chloe's question ......

Absolutely, if I could afford it.

I have always said to myself that if I won the Lottery Jackpot a would support a local sports team or individual to help them achieve their goals. I know just how much a 'simple' looking sport costs to participate in.

However, until my big win it might just have to be my Son whom I support.

He does swimming and this year I reckon it'll cost us about 800 to support him. That may sound like a lot of money, but he swims 3 or 4 times a week, there are subscriptions, entry fees to competitions, kit (You wouldn't believe how much a pair of 'professional' trunks are.) Then there's petrol, driving him mostly locally - Ramsbottom and Heywood, but occasionally anywhere in the North West. In May he is going to a competition in Portugal. Even though it's partly subsidised, it'll still cost us about 200.

He's going to be too young for '2012', but after that ...... who knows.
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When I initially asked this question it was due to the fact that my nephew had been training with the 2012 handball team and just wondered how other people thought about funding etc.

I would give him the earth and every penny I had for the opportunity and still think the same. On Tuesday he is going to sweden to play with the GB squad and he is still only 19 years of age and probably too young this time but who knows !!!

Good luck Josh and always remember that being picked for a GB squad is an honour in itself and if you don't make it this time (as long as you stay off the beer) there is always 2016

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olym...ll/7593547.stm
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Ive heard from a few sources, because of the olympics there is no money for grass root sports. It's all been spent on building the stadium etc.

These olympics might be good for the country but not for grass root sports.
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When I initially asked this question it was due to the fact that my nephew had been training with the 2012 handball team and just wondered how other people thought about funding etc.

I would give him the earth and every penny I had for the opportunity and still think the same. On Tuesday he is going to sweden to play with the GB squad and he is still only 19 years of age and probably too young this time but who knows !!!

Good luck Josh and always remember that being picked for a GB squad is an honour in itself and if you don't make it this time (as long as you stay off the beer) there is always 2016

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olym...ll/7593547.stm
Well done Josh.

Good luck to persuing your dream.
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Seems pertinent to resurrect this. Any updates?
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