By Lee Beevers and Eliza Frost
Sheffield’s key role as a host city during the London 2012 Olympic Games has brought delegates from Kawasaki City to South Yorkshire to learn from its successes.
The delegates from the 2020 Olympic Games host city, where Team GB’s training camp will be based, visited on October 17.
The Kawasaki representatives first stop was Ponds Forge, which is where the USA Diving Team and the Canadian Boccia Team trained before the 2012 games.
They were then shown around the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield), which was the training home of the GB Olympic Boxing squad and Paralympic Table Tennis Gold Medallist Will Bayley.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors to Sheffield and we were delighted to host guests from our friendship city Kawasaki and proudly share our knowledge, experience and successes following the 2012 London Games.”
Representatives from Kawasaki were keen to explore the 35 acre Legacy Park, which is made up of nine world-class sports, education, health and leisure facilities.
This is the biggest development outside of London that is directly linked to the 2012 Games, because of this, countries from across the world are looking to replicate what Sheffield is creating.
David Hobson, project director for the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP), said: “As an official 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games host town, Kawasaki is aiming to create a sporting, health research, education and cultural legacy from the Games and we were extremely proud to have the opportunity to showcase the Olympic Legacy Park as an example of best practice.”
Not only was this an opportunity for Sheffield to share host city knowledge with Kawasaki ahead of the 2020 Games, but the year will also mark the 30 year anniversary of friendship relations between the cities.