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Britain’s greatest Olympians past and present - including Lord Coe, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Adepitan, Mark Foster and Liz McColgan - today announce a £1 million funding initiative to boost GB medal hopes for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
The 'Local Heroes' initiative has hand-picked 250 promising young sportspeople from across the UK aged 13–21. Each athlete will each receive financial support over the next four years to help further their development in the run up to the London Olympic Games in 2012.
Olympians Launch £1 Million Fund To Boost London 2012 Medal Hopes
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