Among the memorable performances in London 2012 were those on the water, with canoeing and rowing scooping 13 medals
Now the spin-off from that success is filtering down to clubs across the country – including Stoke-on-Trent. StaffsLive’s Tom Keating finds out more.
Twenty years ago, Midlands cycling champion Nick Popham made a life-changing decision and left the UK to see what the world had to offer.
It turned out to be a wise move, sparking Cannock-based Popham’s love of competitive racing.
EXCLUSIVE: Stoke-on-Trent rider Kian Emadi is “quicker” at this stage of his development than six-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy was, according to World and Paralympic cycling champion Jody Cundy.
The 21-year-old is seen as one of the brightest stars of the sport and replaced Hoy in the track cycling team at the UCI World Championships in Minsk last month.
A national Taekwondo champion from Stoke-on-Trent is kick-starting her bid for more glory this year.
Claire Sollaku became Stoke United Taekwondo Association’s first ever woman champion when she scooped a gold in the British Taekwondo Championships.
Olympic and Paralympic heroes have been honoured at Congleton Town Hall.
Cyclists Sarah Storey, Barney Storey and Craig MacLean, along with sailor Niki Birrell were given the Freedom of the Borough at a special council meeting.
Despite torrential rain, hundreds came to see Stone’s very own Olympian Lizzie Neave turn on the Christmas lights.
The London 2012 canoeist was accompanied by Mayor Mike Shaw, local singer Ollie Marland and Stafford Radio’s Paul Dean to flick the switch.
Tickets to Stoke-on-Trent’s Olympic flame celebration have sold out.
The final 1,000 places were snapped up this morning (May 23) and a capacity 12,000 crowd will now welcome the London 2012 torch relay to Hanley Park on May 30.
Stafford residents are being urged to turn out in force to welcome the Olympic torch.
Organisers are hoping people across the region will bring their flags and banners out to welcome the flame on May 30 after similar scenes as the relay made its way from Land’s End to Plymouth.
A marathon runner who was told by doctors he would never walk again following a childhood illness will take to the streets as one of Stoke-on-Trent’s Olympic torchbearers.
Philip Greer, 55, from Bucknall, contracted rheumatic fever, paralysing him from the waist down, when he was six and was expected to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.