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TV presenter Clare Balding shares her Olympic and Paralympic stories with schoolchildren

Clare Balding talks to schoolchildren

TV presenter Clare Balding has been sharing her Olympic and Paralympic stories with more than 150 school children in Northampton.

She gave a talk at Paralympic gold medallist, Ellie Robinson's, primary school in the town.

Clare Balding is visiting schools across the country to promote her new book.


Bedfordshire rower hopeful of place in Olympic team

Charlotte Taylor from Bedfordshire is battling for a place in the Olympic rowing team. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Athletes from across the country are currently battling it out to secure a place in the Olympic games in Rio this summer.

ITV News has been given rare access to the rowing squad training ahead of the European Championships next month including Bedfordshire hopeful Charlotte Taylor.

Many of those competing in that event will travel to South America to represent Team GB and contribute to the Olympic medal tally.

ITV News reporter Matt Price has been following the athletes on their Road to Rio

Region's Olympic legacy

It's a year to the day since the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

The games were the highlight of a glorious summer of sport, with Team GB finishing third in the medal table.

There were plenty of successes here in the East. But a year on, some sports are counting the cost after missing out on funding for the next games in Rio.

Donovan Blake has been focussing on volleyball, which has its national centre in Kettering.


National Brazilian Gymnastics team in Ipswich

The National Brazilian Gymnastics team are in Ipswich as part of a 2012 legacy project being run by the town's gymnastics centre.

Brazil team practising in Ipswich in July 2012 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Teams from Britain and Brazil have agreed to hold two competitions a year, one in Ipswich and one in Brazil, to help both countries prepare their junior athletes for the next Olympics in Rio in 2016

Former Ipswich chief heads for Madrid

Simon Clegg, now part of the Madrid 2020 team Credit: PA

Former Ipswich Town Chief Executive Simon Clegg has been hired as a consultant by the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid.

Clegg, who left his post at Ipswich earlier this month, is a former chief executive of the British Olympic Association and played a major part in winning the bid for London 2012.

"I am delighted and honored to have been invited to join the Madrid 2020 team," said Clegg.

"I'm looking forward to helping Madrid to send a positive message in the remaining months of the campaign," said Clegg.

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