Olympic sports legacy verdict

It's almost a year since the Olympics and its sporting legacy appears to be dwindling. A survey by the Smiths Institute has found that the number of school children taking part in sport has fallen.

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Olympic champion Rowsell joins 100-mile bike ride

Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell will take part in a 100-mile bike ride from London to Surrey - the furthest the track cyclist has ever ridden.

Rowsell, a world record holder who secured a London 2012 gold in the team pursuit, is cycling in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in aid of Action Medical Research, the children's charity of which she is an ambassador.

Joanna Rowsell after receiving her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The 24-year-old said: "I think the event is a fantastic way to celebrate one year on from winning gold at the Olympic Games and with a large section of the route being held on my home training roads I hope I will be able to assist the other Action riders with some local knowledge.

"I have never actually cycled 100 miles so it will be a great challenge for me too. I have been working with Action Medical Research for two years now and am honoured to be part of Team Action for what is sure to be a memorable event."


Olympic volunteers: One year on

All this week we're looking at the legacy of the London Olympics one year on, and asking whether its main aims are being achieved.

One of its commitments was to inspire more people to volunteer.

A recent survey found that almost half of Londoners were inspired by the Games to volunteer for the first time, or more often.

Simon Harris has been to meet one of last year's gamesmakers, to find out if he's still giving up his time to help others.

Kids say sport helps them at school

Olympic opening ceremony Credit: PA

A new poll to mark the anniversary of the London OIlympics shows the majority of children believe taking part in sport helps them to do well at school.

The Youth Sports Trust Poll surveyed more than 1,000 secondary school pupils. It found that more than a quarter would like more chances to get involved in sport at school as part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

The findings show that two thirds (66.6%) of young people believe that taking part in PE and sport helps them to perform better at school.

And more than one in four say that they still feel inspired by Team GB's performance and are playing more sport as a result.

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