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Olympics News Archive - October 2008

On this page we have archived news items from October 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

London 2012 venue gets the go-ahead
Planning approval has been granted for the new White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne that will host Canoe and Kayak Slalom events during the London 2012 Games.
1st October 2008

London 2012's vision for cycle safety
A new campaign in London focussing on lorries travelling to and from the Olympic Park has been launched to help improve safety for cyclists.
1st October 2008

Final sculpture designs revealed
A sculpture of a giant horse, a tower of stacked cubes and a steel 'nest' are the final three designs that could grace a Kent hilltop for a £2m landmark sculpture erected to mark the new Ebbsfleet International station.
1st October 2008

Work strengthens 'backbone' of Olympic Park
While speaking at a business conference today, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chief Executive David Higgins highlighted that strong progress is being made on Olympic Park's utilities and infrastructure.
2nd October 2008

Model pupils shape 2012 City
The 2012 Olympics has been billed as creating a legacy for people who live in east London. The five and six-year-olds at Woodgrange Infants in Forest Gate spent two weeks working with designers and architects to bring their ideas to life.
3rd October 2008

The Gymnasts are coming
As a future Olympic venue; The O2 is gearing up to host the World Gymnastics Championships in 2009. Medal winner's fresh from Beijing were at the Greenwich venue to start the countdown.
3rd October 2008

Purchase eyes 2012 title defence
Olympic gold medallist Zac Purchase wants to defend his lightweight double sculls title in London in 2012.
3rd October 2008

New Olympic Park cameras give public front-row seats
London 2012 has switched on six new cameras that let the public see the work taking place to deliver the Olympic Park venues and infrastructure.
3rd October 2008

2012 to be 'cosier' than Beijing
Boris Johnson has said the 2012 Olympic Games will be "cosier" and have more "intimacy" than those in Beijing. Updating MPs on progress, the London mayor pledged to deliver a games "every bit as good as Beijing" without spending "colossal" sums of money.
7th October 2008

Local people getting jobs on Olympic Park
New figures published by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) show that local and previously unemployed people are continuing to get jobs on the Olympic Park.
7th October 2008

Tickets for Vancouver 2010 Winter Games go on sale
Tickets for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games have gone on sale in Host Country Canada and around the world.
7th October 2008

New Olympic Village designs unveiled
New designs that show what the Olympic Village will look like after the Games have been unveiled along with the latest images of progress being made on site.
8th October 2008

Thorpe mentor joins GB swimming
Australian Doug Frost has been named head coach of the new British Swimming Intensive Training Centre in Stirling. Frost is best known for guiding Ian Thorpe to triple Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000.
14th October 2008

Councils back free swimming plan
Five local councils in Lincolnshire are asking for government cash to provide free swimming to either under 16s or over 60s in their districts.
14th October 2008

2012 Features - Wembley set for bigger 2012 role
Wembley is poised to play a much bigger role in the organisation of the 2012 Olympics than originally planned.
15th October 2008

New Stadium steel changes Park landscape
The first steel supports for the Olympic Stadium's upper tiers of seating have been put in place. The 35-tonne steels reach 35m above the ground and create a visible landmark for miles around the Olympic Park.
15th October 2008

Athletes given heroes welcome
Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars were given a true heroes welcome by thousands of supporters in a victory parade along the streets of London today.
16th October 2008

Beijing performance 'Herculean' - Coe
Lord Coe praises the efforts of the 2008 GB Olympic and Paralympic teams, which he says provides a great platform for more success at London 2012.
16th October 2008

Olympic heroes set sights on 2012
Great Britain's athletes have begun to turn their attention to the London Olympics in 2012 after the celebrations to mark their success in Beijing.
17th October 2008

Olympic heroes set sights on 2012
Great Britain's athletes have begun to turn their attention to the London Olympics in 2012 after the celebrations to mark their success in Beijing. Thousands of people lined the streets in London on Thursday to congratulate Britain's teams.
17th October 2008

2012 Features - 25 young people to influence the post-games Olympic Park
A group of teenagers are being recruited to ensure the voice of young people is heard loud and clear by Olympic legacy planners.
17th October 2008

Cadbury becomes official London 2012 Supporter
As Official Confectionery and Ice Cream Supporter, Cadbury will have rights to use the London 2012 marks on products, as well as marketing rights to Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
20th October 2008

North firms urged to go for gold
Businesses are being encouraged to seek out contracts from the London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
21st October 2008

Contract to track Olympic Park transport awarded
The contract includes providing a system to manage construction vehicles in and around the Park. Its aim is to reduce congestion in the local area and allow the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to forecast future transport movements.
21st October 2008

Youth success boosts Games hopes
The success of the Welsh team at the Commonwealth Youth Games has fuelled hopes of glory at senior level in major events over the next six years. They returned from the Indian city of Pune with a record haul of 16 medals, including five golds.
21st October 2008

Community Life - Partnership sends 2012 spirit north
The spirit of the London Olympics is heading north, thanks to a partnership between two councils.The London Borough of Newham has joined up with Barnsley Council in South Yorkshire, to share expertise in a wide variety of fields.
23rd October 2008

New bridge to connect communities
The first of 30 new permanent bridges in the Olympic Park has been lifted into place. A 250-tonne crane was used to lift three 55 metre-long steel beams into place to form the main supports of the bridge.
24th October 2008

A* for school health and safety programme
Over 1,800 children from local schools have taken part in a health and safety educational programme organised by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
24th October 2008

Search for mascots begins
Creative agencies are being invited to take the first step on the way to developing the mascots for the London 2012 Games.
24th October 2008

Royal opening for equine centre
A new equestrian centre at a rural skills college in East Yorkshire has been opened by the Princess Royal. The indoor arena at Bishop Burton College will be used as a training base for the 2012 Olympics.
27th October 2008

Free talks on Olympic Park finds
The Museum of London is giving local residents a flavour of their Olympic Park archaeological discoveries at a series of free public talks this winter.
27th October 2008

Wellington targets 2012 Olympics
Triathlete Chrissie Wellington says she is now targeting the London 2012 Olympics after retaining her world Ironman title in Hawaii last month.
29th October 2008

Yachting centre for Olympic town
Plans have been announced for a £4m new training base for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) in west Dorset ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.
31st October 2008

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