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Enfield Council backs borough’s Olympians

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01 August 2016

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Enfield Council is urging residents to roar on its home grown Olympic heroes as Rio 2016 gets underway, and be inspired to get off the couch and be more active.

Enfield Council is urging residents to roar on its home grown Olympic heroes as Rio 2016 gets underway, and be inspired to get off the couch and be more active.

The Rio 2016 Olympics run from August 6 – 21 and include athletes from 206 countries competing in 42 different sports – most of which can be enjoyed in Enfield leisure facilities if you're inspired by the likes of gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon), Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), Nicola Adams (boxing) or Sir Bradley Wiggins (cycling).

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "The Olympics is a global festival of sport and our borough is brilliantly represented by a wide selection of competitors across a range of incredibly demanding disciplines.

"The best bit is once you feel suitably inspired you can try out the vast majority of these disciplines in Enfield!

"We want everyone to back Enfield's sporting heroes and the rest of Team GB as they search for glory on the ultimate sporting stage and I'd urge residents to use their exploits as inspiration to get up and about, be more active and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

"We have launched a Move More campaign to encourage people to take 10 minutes of exercise three times a day in order to dramatically reduce their chances of developing serious health problems in later life and we very much hope the Olympics will inspire people to get more active and embrace a healthier lifestyle."

Enfield is represented by the following Olympians at Rio 2016 (they were either born in Enfield, live in Enfield or represent a club based in the borough):

  • Charlotte Dujardin - double equestrian gold medallist from London 2012
  • Ben Maher - equestrian gold medallist from London 2012
  • Robbie Grabarz - high jump bronze medallist from London 2012
  • Chris Walker Hebborn - 100m backstroke
  • Margaret Adeoye - 4 x 400 m relay
  • Desiree Henry - 100m 4 x 100m relay
  • Chinjindu Ujah - 100m 4 x 100m

If Enfield had been an independent country it would have come 26th in the medal table for the London 2012 Olympic games, above nations such as Kenya, Ireland, Canada and India. (Based on three gold medals and a bronze medal).

The Dujardin Mews development in Ponders End is named after double Olympic Gold Medallist Charlotte Dujardin, and the postbox in Southbury Road was painted gold in her honour by Royal Mail.

You can try the following Olympic sports in Enfield:

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

To find clubs and facilities near you visit Get Active London. You can also find sports information on this website.