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Olympics News Archive - September 2008

On this page we have archived news items from September 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.

2012 students say yes to sport
National Sport Week, which kicked off on 30 June 2008, aims to increase the amount of sport children do a week. It also celebrates children's achievements in sport at school over the past year.
1st September 2008

Panners go for gold to make medal
Volunteers hope to find enough gold from a Highlands river to make a medal for the London Olympics in 2012.
1st September 2008

Fire show to mark 2012 torch bid
The sky around Dover is to be lit up in recognition of the Kent campaign to get the Olympic torch relay to enter the UK through the port.
1st September 2008

Medal hopefuls at Paralympics
(Video) The Paralympic Games begins on 6 September and wheelchair athlete David Weir, from London, is aiming for a big medal haul.
1st September 2008

Hammer Time
A profile on Matt Lambley, a 20-year-old Hammer Thrower from Doncaster who trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. He hopes to compete in the London 2012.
3rd September 2008

Folkard bows out in Beijing
The Kidderminster archer Naomi Folkard has been flying the flag for the two counties in the Olympic Games in Beijing, but her dreams of a medal have been dashed. However, Folkard confirmed that she definitely wants to be there for London 2012.
3rd September 2008

Agreement signed to work with UK unions
London 2012 and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have agreed to continue to work together to help create an 'inspirational' Games.
3rd September 2008

Jonathan Edwards appointed as Deputy Chair of Nations and Regions Group
Jonathan Edwards was today announced as Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure the benefits of the Games are maximised across the UK.
3rd September 2008

Northern Ireland
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including Northern Ireland.
4th September 2008

Wales Opens Up For National Launch
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including Wales.
4th September 2008

The West Midlands Opens Up For National Launch Of The Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the West Midlands.
4th September 2008

Yorkshire Opens Up For National Launch Of The Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including Yorkshire.
4th September 2008

Handball hopeful pushes for 2012
Manchester handball player Josh Hampson is an aspiring Olympic athlete and has set his sights high in this explosive and action-packed sport.
4th September 2008

Shortlist of builders for Rowing venue announced
The shortlist of contractors to build the enhanced Rowing and Flatwater Canoeing facilities ahead of the London 2012 Games was announced today.
4th September 2008

Cultural Olympiad plans unveiled
A William Shakespeare festival and 12 new public works of art will form part of a 'Cultural Olympiad' planned for the run-up to the 2012 London games.
4th September 2008

Cultural Olympiad kicks off with Open Weekend
On 26-28 September, over 500 events will take place around the UK - kicking off the four-year Cultural Olympiad. The event, called Open Weekend, will offer the public the chance to go behind the scenes at over 160 cultural organisations.
4th September 2008

South East Opens Up For National Launch
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the South East.
4th September 2008

North West Opens Up For National Launch
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the North West.
4th September 2008

The South West Opens Up for National Launch of the Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the South West.
4th September 2008

North East Opens Up For National Launch
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the North East.
4th September 2008

London 2012 announces plans for the Cultural Olympiad
London 2012 today announced its plans for the Cultural Olympiad, the four-year programme designed to showcase the UK's arts and culture to the rest of the world in the run up to the 2012 Games.
4th September 2008

Launch of Cultural Olympiad celebrated with nationwide Open Weekend launch
The launch of the four-year Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be celebrated with a nationwide Open Weekend, 26 - 28 September 2008, it was announced today.
4th September 2008

East of England Opens Up For National Launch Of The Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the East of England.
4th September 2008

East Midlands Opens Up For National Launch Of The Cultural Olympiad
The Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will launch on the weekend of Friday 26 - Sunday 28 September with hundreds of events taking place across the country, including the East Midlands.
4th September 2008

Danny Crates to carry Opening Ceremony flag for ParalympicsGB
ParalympicsGB today announced that London 2012 Ambassador Danny Crates will carry the flag for the Great Britain team at the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Paralympic Games tomorrow, Saturday 6 September.
5th September 2008

Rotherham's Olympic Gold!
Sailor Paul Goodison from Rotherham won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He came in to Radio Sheffield to speak to Paul Walker and Toby Foster.
5th September 2008

Spectacular opening to Beijing Paralympic Games
The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games have launched with a spectacular Opening Ceremony. In the three-hour show, 6,000 performers and 4,000 disabled athletes from 148 countries took part in front of 91,000 spectators.
6th September 2008

Chris Hoy unveils latest plans for London 2012 VeloPark
The VeloPark, to be based in the north of the Olympic Park, will include a 6,000 seat Velodrome to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Indoor Track Cycling events, as well as a BMX circuit for Olympic events.
8th September 2008

Shortlist of builders for Handball Arena
The Handball Arena will host the Preliminaries and Quarter-Finals of the Handball competition, as well as Modern Pentathlon disciplines during the Olympic Games. During the Paralympic Games it will host Goalball.
9th September 2008

Shortlist of builders for white water venue announced
The shortlist of contractors to build the White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne that will host Canoe and Kayak Slalom events during the London 2012 Games was announced today.
10th September 2008

adidas get into the 2012 zone
adidas has committed £1million investment to get young Londoners participating in sport, launching five giant multi-sport outdoor venues called 'adiZones'
11th September 2008

Big breakfast for another million hours safely worked
Over a million working hours without a reportable accident have been reached for the fifth time on the Olympic Park site. There are currently over 2,600 workers on site. As a thank you, they will all receive a free breakfast on site for the achievement.
11th September 2008

Lee Pearson wins ninth Paralympic medal
British Paralympian Lee Pearson won a ninth title today as the Equestrian competition came to a close in Hong Kong. Finishing in first place in the (1b ind) Freestyle, Pearson has only been riding his horse, Gentleman, since January.
11th September 2008

Volunteering boost for 2012 games
A fund of £2.15m has been set up to encourage unemployed people to take on volunteer roles in culture and sport in the build up to the London 2012 Games.
12th September 2008

Piling on the progress
Work has started to create the foundations for the platforms that will support the sweeping wave-like roof of the Aquatics Centre. Over 100 concrete piles have already been drilled up to 25 metres into the ground.
12th September 2008

Sam Hynd smashes own world record
ParalympicsGB's Sam Hynd today broke his own swimming world record in his Paralympic Games debut. The 17-year-old Nottingham student knocked five seconds off his own world record in the Men's 400m Freestyle (S8) Heat, touching in at 4:26:46.
12th September 2008

Golden swimmer with a will to win
Welsh swimmer David Roberts has secured his place in Paralympics history in Beijing with his eleventh gold medal.
14th September 2008

Beijing here I come!
As the only 2008 Paralympian from North West Wales, Rebecca Chin from Deganwy was looking forward to competing in the Beijing games. Interview excerpts.
15th September 2008

'Construction Crew' gets first taste of Olympic Park
A new programme has been launched by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to give local schoolchildren the chance to experience the work going on inside the Olympic Park.
15th September 2008

Waves of progress at Sailing venue
Construction work at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy is now well over the halfway stage and around 70,000 tonnes of Portland stone has been put in place to reclaim 18,000m2 of land in front of the sailing academy to form the new slipway.
16th September 2008

Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for the Paralympic Games launched
The London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for the Paralympic Games was launched yesterday at the British Ambassador's residence in Beijing.
16th September 2008

Coe hopes to follow Beijing lead
Sebastian Coe says he is confident the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee can build on the success of the recent Beijing games.
16th September 2008

Criddle upbeat for London in 2012
Athens triple gold medallist Debbie Criddle is looking ahead to London 2012 after drawing a blank in Hong Kong.
17th September 2008

The UK welcomes the Paralympic Games
Events are being held around the UK today, 17 September, to mark the official Handover of the Paralympic Games. Approximately 5,000 schools will be marking the event with special activities - from assemblies to sports days.
17th September 2008

Historic homecoming of Paralympic Games begins
The Handover of the Paralympic Games from Beijing to London took place today in the Bird's Nest Stadium.
17th September 2008

Sailing academy's 'huge progress'
Work to transform Weymouth & Portland's sailing facilities for 2012 is "racing towards the finishing line", the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said.
17th September 2008

Pump it up
A new pumping station is being built on the south of the Olympic Park, which will collect, convey and discharge foul waste into the sewer system, from the main venues and buildings in the Park during the Games.
18th September 2008

Get Set education programme launches
The London 2012 'Get Set' education programme encourages children and young people across the UK to learn about the Games and explore the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination and equality, as well as the Olympic Values.
18th September 2008

Brabants wants to keep paddling
Olympic kayaking gold medallist Tim Brabants has hinted he may continue to compete, despite returning to medicine.
18th September 2008

Paralympic handover to London
(Archive audio and video) Hackney residents celebrate the Beijing hand-over to London as the host city for the 2012 Paralympics.
18th September 2008

Ridgway becomes patron of JTTA
The Jersey Table Tennis Association has its first patron after the Lieutenant-Governor Andrew Ridgway accepted a request to take up the role.
19th September 2008

Champions to raise Olympic and Paralympic Flags at City Hall
The Olympic and Paralympic Flags will be raised at a special ceremony on 26 September at City Hall to mark London becoming the next Host City of the Summer Games.
19th September 2008

Olympic Stadium progress cemented
The next phase of construction on the Olympic Stadium has started as concrete supports are installed for the seating terraces. The first of over 200 concrete supports for the lower bowl of seating have been lifted into place.
19th September 2008

Record numbers visit Olympic Park
Around 3,000 people were treated to bus tours around the Park. They were able to see first-hand the site clearance almost complete and construction work underway on three of the major venues - the Olympic Stadium,Aquatics Centre, Olympic Village.
22nd September 2008

Veteran Foster considers 2012 bid
Veteran short-course swimmer Mark Foster is not ready to call time on his sparkling career and could still target the London Olympics in 2012.
23rd September 2008

A new gym gets Brum ready for London 2012
It's taken a year to build - and cost people in Birmingham £7.5 million - but it's another sign of how the West Midlands is getting ready for London 2012.
24th September 2008

Access all areas
The Olympic Delivery Authority's (ODA) Inclusive Design Strategy sets out how the Park will be designed and constructed to be inclusive for people of all cultures, faiths and ages, and accessible to disabled people.
24th September 2008

Contract awarded for north section of Olympic Park
Edmund Nuttall has won the contract which includes tree planting and the construction of the concourse which will link all the venues, entrances and parklands.
24th September 2008

Australian athletes select Wales
The 300-strong Australian Paralympics team will use Wales as a training base in the run up to the London 2012 games.
25th September 2008

London 2012 logo Cultural Olympiad for 2012: Open Weekend
The Cultural Olympiad is a four year programme of events to gear up the whole country for the 2012 Games in London.
25th September 2008

Leicester's Sporting Heroes
BBC correspondent's take on Britain's local would be Olympians.
25th September 2008

Worcester raises the Olympic flag
The University of Worcester has marked its selection as a London 2012 training venue by raising the Olympic flag. The University's vice-chancellor David Green told BBC Hereford & Worcester they were thrilled to have been chosen.
25th September 2008

A new gym gets Brum ready for London 2012
The new Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre (GMAC) has taken a year to build - and cost people in Birmingham £7.5 million - but it's another sign of how the West Midlands is getting ready for London 2012.
25th September 2008

Games start for cultural Olympics
The Wales Millennium Centre has been lit up in the Olympic colours to mark the launch of the cultural programme which runs alongside London 2012.
26th September 2008

Boost for local jobs as security contract announced
G4S Security Services UK will work closely with the Olympic Delivery Authority and five Host Boroughs - Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich - to train and employ local residents to help it fulfil the contract.
26th September 2008

Sprint start for Cultural Olympiad
London 2012's Cultural Olympiad launched with a series of sprints this morning, as Olympic athletes including Sebastian Coe and Dame Kelly Holmes featured in Martin Creed's Work No. 850 at Tate Britain.
26th September 2008

Hanley lights up the Cultural Olympiad
On the weekend of 26-28 September 2008, special events were held in Stoke-on-Trent to celebrate the national launch of the Cultural Olympiad.
27th September 2008

Castle screening to promote 2012
A Kent castle will become a giant cinema screen for first showing of a film celebrating the 2012 Olympics. The specially-commissioned film about the Medway area will be projected on to Rochester Castle on Saturday evening.
27th September 2008

Games start for cultural Olympics
Northern Ireland is hosting a cultural showcase ahead of the 2012 Olympics. The Beijing Olympics may only just be over for some, but others are already looking ahead to the London games.
27th September 2008

Former transport area cleared for construction
A vital area at the heart of the Olympic Park has been completely cleared. The former railway depot - known as Thornton's Field will become a key logistics site that is needed for the construction of the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.
30th September 2008

2012 Cultural Olympiad
As the home of the 2012 Olympic sailing events, events around Dorset help launch The Cultural Olympiad, a four year programme of cultural celebrations in the run up to 2012.
30th September 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

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

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