Olympic hero's jump-start for £31m leisure scheme

Published: 18th Oct 2011

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ONE of Britain's all-time great athletes came to Redcar to officially launch a £31m project to bring first-class sporting facilities to the town.

Former Olympic, world and Commonwealth gold medal-winning triple jumper Jonathan Edwards visited the site in Redcar which will be home to a 25-metre swimming pool, training and leisure pool, dance hall, fitness suite and junior gym, and a sports hall.

Mr Edwards was joined by two of Redcar and Cleveland's most promising sporting talents for the landmark occasion.

World and European paratriathlon champion Charlotte Ellis, of New Marske, and Redcar mountain biking star Danny Hart were on hand for the ceremony, along with the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Olwyn Peters.

Charlotte, of the Cleveland Triathlon Club and New Marske Harriers, has won the world and European titles in the Tri6 category for the past two years, as well as picking up a host of other medals since starting the sport in 2008.

And Danny recently became world champion with an outstanding performance at the Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Switzerland.

As well as providing an array of sporting facilities, the Redcar Leisure and Community Heart development, between Kirkleatham Street and Coatham Road, will also include business space, community facilities, car parking and landscaped public spaces.

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