Help keep London 2012 flame alive in Aylesbury Vale, councillors told

Paralympic Flame Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Paralympic Flame Festival at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Leaders have been urged not to let the chance to ‘inspire a generation’ after the London 2012 Olympics slip.

Gold medal winning swimmer Adrian Moorhouse stressed the importance of motivating people to build a sporting legacy in Bucks during a speech at Aylesbury Vale District Council.

While acknowledging councillors are having to make difficult funding decisions because of the financial crisis, Mr Moorhouse pleaded with them to ‘keep an eye on the future’.

He said: “We want to make sure that inspiration becomes motivation.

“We had a good time in 2012 but have we done or are we going to do anything with it?

“This is not just about sport.

“This is about inspiring your community to change something.”

Stoke Mandeville, which played a central role in the Paralympics, was highlighted as a key resource that could be used to build a legacy in Bucks.

As previously reported, representatives have been lobbying the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to get the Paralympic flame lit at the site before every summer and winter games and a decision is expected very soon.

Alluding to the efforts in his speech, Mr Moorhouse said: “We have put a proposal together for the IPC so that Stoke Mandeville has a primary role in the future Paralympic Games.

“We have made a very good case.”

Events have been announced to maintain interest in sport, including the World Wheelchair Games, which are to be held at Stoke Mandeville in 2014.

The County School Games will also be held there on June 20 this year.