Horsham District Council is pleased to congratulate Grenada sprinter Kirani James after he won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games just weeks after training at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre in Horsham.
The 400m sprinter, who trained at the leisure centre in Horsham along with the rest of the Grenada Olympic team, is the first athlete from Grenada to win a medal at the Olympic Games.
Cllr Jonathan Chowen, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure, said: “Hosting the Grenadian team at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre provided a fantastic opportunity for many talented Grenadian athletes to train before the Games.
“Horsham District Council is proud to have played a small part in providing facilities to aid the newly crowned Olympic 400m gold medallist, Kirani James, in his preparation for the Games. I am delighted that our Grenadian guests, who used the Horsham District facilities to train before the Games, have won their country’s first ever Olympic medal.
“This has been a fantastic Olympic Games, especially for Team GB. We have ambitious sporting plans of our own to build a new running track at Tanbridge School, which was visited last year by Lord Sebastian Coe to ensure the legacy of the Olympics continues.
“We hope that the new track and its link with local schools will encourage and inspire Horsham District youngsters to follow the exciting example of so many heroes from this year’s Olympics and take up the many opportunities sport has to offer.
“To this end we will be providing a new leisure centre at Broadbridge Heath as part of our re-balancing of sports provision across the district to reflect current and future trends in sport.”