Sheffield Lord Coe’s key role in Olympics legacy

Torchbearer 140 Lord Sebastian Coe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Sheffield.
Torchbearer 140 Lord Sebastian Coe carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Sheffield.
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SHEFFIELD schooled Sebastian Coe has been given a new role to make sure the sporting spirit of the Olympic games continues.

The former Olympian, who was chairman of the London Games organising committee, will now be PM David Cameron’s ‘legacy ambassador’.

Former Tapton School student Lord Coe will advise the government on the best ways to secure long-term benefits for the UK and act as a roving ambassador to help secure deals for British firms.

Number 10 said Lord Coe - who carried the Olympic flame in Sheffield – would also be tasked with ensuring efforts to boost sporting, volunteering and regeneration effects were also kept on track.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Seb Coe has done a brilliant job delivering the best games ever. Now I want him to help me deliver the best legacy ever.

“Legacy has been built into the DNA of London 2012 from the beginning thanks to Seb.

“I am determined to make the most of the economic opportunities on offer from hosting the games - making sure that we turn these games into gold for Britain.

“I cannot think of a better person than Seb to be our ambassador to the global market-place and make sure we achieve our ambitious legacy targets.”

Lord Coe said: “In terms of delivering world class events, Britain is at the top of its game right now.”

n Staff at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge have congratulated US diver David Boudia, who won a gold medal in platform diving after training at the site with his team for two weeks.

Heather Burgin, duty manager, said: “Congratulations to David, well done. Thanks to them for coming and having their training camp here.”