London 2012 participation boost

Sport Wales says that there has been a major increase in the number of people participating in sport here, since last summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Baroness Grey-Thompson on the legacy of London 2012

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson talks to David Wood about the legacy of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

"I think the biggest part of the legacy was participation, and changing young people's minds as to what they could do" she says.

"Not just in sport, but in terms of art and culture. That was always going to be the hardest thing. The Games were amazing, and you're bound to get a spike in participation in the two weeks afterwards".

"It's how you maintain that, not just for six months but for a year and several years down the line".

'We're already witnessing the London 2012 legacy'

We were clear in the lead up to the Games that we wanted Welsh success in terms of performance and medals to be mirrored by grassroots participation.

Work began with partners to ensure that any child inspired by our Olympians and Paralympians had every opportunity to get involved, and encouragingly we're now seeing the fruits of that labour.

– Professor Laura McAllister

Swimming, gymnastics, hockey and cycling are just a few examples of where we're already witnessing the London 2012 legacy in Wales and let's be clear - there is no coincidence in the increase in participants here.

– Debbie Austin, Sport Wales Manager

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Participation up across range of sports in Wales

Many of the governing bodies for sports in Wales have reported significant increases in interest and participation since the Olympics and Paralympics last summer.

  • Welsh Gymnastics - 25% increase in membership, 28% increase in girls' membership
  • Welsh Cycling - 15 new affiliated clubs since October
  • Hockey Wales - 35 hockey clubs increased their membership in the last year
  • Swim Wales - 39% increase in total membership

'Major increase in participation' after London 2012

Flint's Jade Jones introduced taekwondo to a whole new audience at the Olympics. Credit: PA

There has been a "major increase in participation" in sport since London 2012, according to Sport Wales.

Welsh athletes won a record seven medals at the Olympics and 15 at the Paralympics last summer, and the organisation which oversees sport here says there has been a legacy left.

Aled Sion Davies was presented with one of his two Paralympic medals by the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA