What a summer it’s been! The Olympic and Paralympic Games have had me glued to the TV set.
We have so much to be proud of. At the Olympics, Team GB beat its own record from 2012, winning 67 medals - of which 27 were gold. Yorkshire athletes won 14 medals, including five golds. If we were a country, that would put us seventeenth in the medal tables, just behind Jamaica, which - let’s not forget - is home to Usain Bolt.
for every child every week. When Labour left Government in 2010, more than 90% of school children were doing two or more hours of sport – and over half were doing at least three hours a week. The Tories also cut £162 a year for the School Sports Partnerships programme, and their stripping back of funding for local councils means that even the basics of maintaining facilities like swimming pools, football pitches and gyms.
Keeping fit and active has huge benefits not only for physical and mental well being, but can help boost academic achievement, improve community cohesion and reduce youth crime. It’s a pity the Tories have done so little to encourage it.
The best activity is one you can stick to. I cycle to work every day, channelling my inner Laura Trott on the way to Westminster. A week tomorrow, Saturday 1 October, I’ll be putting on my trainers and heading to Thornes Park to celebrate the anniversary of parkrun. It’s a weekly 5k run (although lots of people, like me, choose to walk or jog!), open to everyone, regardless of age or ability, and free to attend. Find out more at www.parkrun.org.uk/wakefieldthornes. Parkruns are a fun way of getting a bit of exercise - and maybe getting into running!
The best way to celebrate the success of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes would be for this Government to show its commitment to sport. It might be a bit late for me, but the next Hannah Cockroft or Brownlee brothers are counting on it.
What a summer it’s been! The Olympic and Paralympic Games have had me glued to the TV set. We have so much to be proud of. At the Olympics, Team...