Launching our Olympic dream

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THE excitement is starting to build as the Olympics edge ever closer and today we can reveal the route the torch will take as it makes its way through the Sheffield city region.

As council leader Julie Dore puts it: “The impact of the 2012 Olympic Games extends well beyond London, and Sheffield has grasped every opportunity with both hands.”

Not only are we host to a number of international training camps, our local businesses have secured contracts to help build stadia in London, and now we have well-deserving people from the region afforded the privilege of carrying the Olympic torch.

Volunteers such as Carys Hall, who has selflessly given up her time in the past five years to help at sporting events, will be one of the torch bearers.

Her enthusiasm and passion for sport in Sheffield has earned her the just reward of carrying the city’s hopes forward. She is a beacon for other young people to aspire to.

We hope and expect the people of this region to turn out in their thousands to cheer the likes of Carys on and give the Olympic torch a real South Yorkshire welcome.

City sets sights high for award

OUR city has launched a bid to be recognised as an international city of design.

Only 11 other cities worldwide hold the UNESCO city of design title - an accolade that could help us to attract up to £1m a year in tourist business and help businesses to forge lucrative deals across the world.

In a week which sees the city host the Global Manufacturing Festival, it is entirely fitting that we aim to sit alongside the very best in the world.

Never too old

SHEFFIELD’S population is getting older, as modern medicine means we are living longer than ever before.

While many youngsters sit transfixed to their TVs and computer games, the city’s senior contingent are showing there is plenty of life past 60.

The group of super-fit pensioners who meet at Hillsborough Leisure Centre each week are making the most of every minute.

In their 70s, 80s and even 90s, this group of fitness fanatics play badminton, do aerobics and even have the odd go on the trampoline.

As Audrey Fletcher, 82, puts it: “If you get off your backside, just get out and do it, you can do anything, at any age.”