Tredegar cyclist made Olympic ambassador
7:10pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PARALYMPIC gold and double silver medallist Mark Colbourne MBE has been unveiled as an ambassador for a London 2012 legacy venue, days after announcing his retirement.
The Tredegar para-cyclist was made ambassador for the London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley VeloPark, along with double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott OBE.
The venue was where both athletes found glory in the 2012 games.
Shaun Dawson, chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority made the announcement at the park yesterday.
He said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have these world class athletes as ambassadors for our world class venue."
Mr Colbourne, 43, who announced his retirement last week due to 'physical capabilities', said: “I do feel honoured to have competed in the velodrome and very proud to have raced and won in front of my home crowd.
"This ambassadorial role will help me to inspire many more children in their quest to achieve great things in sport and in life."
From March 4 next year, visitors will be able to ride in the velodrome themselves as well as taking on brand new mountain bike trails and a one mile road circuit.
Mr Colbourne said: “The world class Lee Valley VeloPark is a testament to what can be gained from a home Games. The facilities are state of the art and will benefit every kind of cycling athlete for many years to come."
Mr Dawson added: “Laura and Mark will be an inspiration to the thousands of people who will visit Lee Valley VeloPark and their achievements and success at the Games will spur people who have never ridden before to take up cycling."
The venue is the UK’s bid for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the most important track cycling event ahead of the Rio Games.
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