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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

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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

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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.

Gymnast Louis Smith looking for new challenges

Double Olympic medallist Louis Smith is looking for new challenges after picking up his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The gymnast from Peterborough says he'll have a make a decision soon on competing in Rio but said "gymnastics is a tough sport and his body isn't getting any younger."

Louis says he's now looking at sporting legacy by setting up charities and summer camps. He's also planning to tour schools to tell children about his achievements.

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