Milton Keynes VIPs give massive send off to city’s Olympic hopefuls

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LEADERS of business, sport and civic life in Milton Keynes sent the new city’s 11 Olympians a good luck message last night.

A Torchlight Dinner at stadium:mk was attended by Olympic stars, Torchbearers, the mayor and a who’s who of the local business and sporting community.

Roger Fennemore, organiser of the fundraising event for SportsAid, said: “There are 11 people from Milton Keynes in Team GB. Most have had Sports Aid awards. We wish them luck.

“We have something very special in Milton Keynes. My message to the government is help us to enhance it – don’t cut off our lifeblood of support after 2012.

“There is no other city of the size of Milton Keynes that has 11 Olympians.”

He revealed that a strategic sports board is being created in Milton Keynes, headed by Dr Philip Smith, chairman of the new city’s Business Leaders Partnership.

The audience of more than 300 people, including guest speaker Olympic silver swimming medallist Sharron Davies, applauded as awards were announced for seven young sporting stars.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation made awards to five youngsters while SportsAid gave grants to two other young stars.