Sustaining the momentum

Lewisham's Olympic Legacy

Our Legacy is an interactive wiki is an online resource to provide infomration on Lewisham's past Olympian's and Lewisham in the last Games held in London - 1948.

The Lewisham Herald issue of Lewisham's Olmpic Heroes has been made available online. Please take a look.

I was proud to be a part of the moment when London became the offical Olympic Games Host City on Sunday 24 August 2008. I am with Steve in front of the iconic London Olympic Handover flag.

Conrad Williams

Lewisham's Olympic star

Conrad has so much support in Lewisham for London 2012 - he just missed on a medal in the 400m relay and was up against some tough competition in the individual 400 metres.

Conrad is having a great 2012 and can be proud of his achievements at London 2012 - and has a collection of silver medals - from the World Championships in 2012 and 2010; from the European Championships in 2012 and 2010. These followed the silver medal he won at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. He ran the first leg in the 4 x 400 metres setting the GB team up for a second placing behind the awesome US team.

I was delighted to join Conrad on a visit to a local primary school to inspire our young people as part of the legacy of 2012.

Keri-Anne Payne

Just missed out on a medal in the Serpentine

I was delighted to attend the Saxon Crown Olympian Night and give a warm welcome to Steve Parry, a bronze medal winner at Athens and BBC pundit.

Star of the show was Keri-Anne Payne - showing her silver medal from Beijing in the 10km Open Water event. Keri-Anne triumphed in the World Championships in Rome and Shaghai in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Just missed out on a medal coming 4th in the gruelling 10km Marathon in Serpentine at Hyde Park on 9 August.

Phillips Idowu

Phillips misses out through injury in his bid for a medal

It was a brilliant that the Olympic triple jumper Phillips Idowu joined us for annual Lewisham Sports Awards. Phillips was the 2009 World Champion, the 2008 World Indoor champion and reigning 2010 EAA European Champion representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as 2006 Commonwealth Games champion representing England and 2007 European Indoor champion. He also won the silver medal representing Team GB at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Pictured with Tara being presented with her award for designing the Lewisham t shirt for the London Youth Games.

Lewisham Olympic Torch Relay

7.30am Monday 22 July

I was delighted to be at the start of the torch relay in Lewisham on 23 July. In total 29 torchbearers formed a relay through the borough from Deptford to Downham. The route went through many local landmarks including the new Deptford Lounge, the Stephen Lawrence Centre, Lewisham’s clock tower and the Broadway Theatre before leaving at Downham and into Bromley. The atmosphere was fantastic and Lewisham residents really shared in the excitement of the Relay and celebrated the achievements of the Torchbearers.

With Linford Christie and Cllr Alan Till

Olympic Torch

Day 66 Lewisham

The Olympic Torch has been a great journey around Great Britain

Tasha Danvers

Tasha inspires young people to take up athletics

I was delighted to have a chat to Tasha Danvers at the London Youth Games. Tasha talked about her Olympic bronze medal for the Women's 400m Hurdles Final in Beijing in 2008 as well as her success as her silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006. Tahsa attended Sydenham Girls School and started running seriously in 1997 and inspires young people to take up athletics.

Tanni Grey-Thompson

Celebration of the resurfacing of the running track

It was a real pleasure to talk to Tanni Grey-Thompson about the facilities that are now available to disabled athlethes.

Pictured here with Montell Douglas, British record holder for the 100 metres and part of the 4 x 100 m relay in the 2008 Beijng Olympic Games. Conrad Williams is taking part in the 400m in London 2012 having won a silver medal in the World Athletics Championships following a bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games 400 metres relay.

Tanni began her international career in Seoul where she won a bonze medal in the 400m. Her fifth and last Paralympic Games were in Athens in 2004 where she won two gold medals in wheelchair racing in the 100m and 400m. In total in her Paralympic career Tanni won 16 medals (11 gold, four silver and a bronze) and also 13 World Championship medals (six gold, five silver and two bronze)..

Raising the Olympic Flag

Jonathan Edwards presents the Olympic Flag to Lewisham

Jonathan is a member of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and has been working to ensure London 2012 is a memorable event. As part of the legacy Jonathan has made several visits to Lewisham to inspire our young people and on this ocassion handed us the Olympic Flag.

Jonathan still holds the world record for the men's triple jump from 8 July 1995 and took the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Seb Coe visits Lewisham

Getting ready for London 2012

I was delighted to welcome Seb, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to Lewisham. Working in partnership with LOCOG and local partners we aim to maximise the opportunities provided by the London 2012 Games and Cultural Olympiad. We aim to inspire Lewisham residents of all ages and abilities to explore or participate in the many sports and cultural activities available throughout the Borough.

Seb Coe

Preparing for London 2012

Seb Coe chairs the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and is working closely with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). As Lewisham's representative on the Culture, Tourism and 2012 Forum I want to ensure that we make London 2012 count in Lewisham and deliver a legacy.

Please visit the London2012 web site for the latest information.

James Cracknell

It was fantastic to take part in Lewisham Sports Awards and talk to James Cracknell about the run up to London 2012. James was presenting the award and spoke of the dedication needed to produce your best when it matters most - on the day of the race.

Dervis Konuralp

It was a great pleasure to welcome Dervis on a visit to Lewisham schools. Dervis is a three time Paralmypic swimmer, winning a total of 35 international medals, 14 of which are gold. Dervis is a visually impaired person and said "I have never allowed my disability to stand in the way of my goals, dreams, and amibition."

Giles Long

Talking to Giles about his career representing Great Britain and winning 20 major Championship medals including Paralympic, European and World Championship Gold medals. His greatest achievement was winning the Paralympic 100 metre Butterfly Gold medal in October 2000 in a World Record time.

Olympic Prospectus

At the end of 2006 I attended the launch of Next Stop 2012 - the Thames Gateway London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games prospectus - and am shown celebrating the event with Tessa Sanderson. Tessa has competed in six Olympic Games winning a gold medal in the javelin event in 1984.

I am currently working with officers on the launch of the Lewisham Olympic prospectus. Lewisham is proud to have five pre-training sites listed in the offical brochure.