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Community Games is showing that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy lives on by celebrating the volunteers and community ambassadors it inspired.
The Community Games will return in 2014 with sports and cultural activities happening across the country over the coming months.
An important part of this year’s celebration is honouring the volunteers that are continuing to work hard to keep the London 2012 Olympic spirit alive in local communities.
Last year, the Community Games recreated the London 2012 70-day torch relay.
The relay saw a standout Community Games volunteer crowned as a Shining Light each day at every location on the trail.
This culminated in former London 2012 Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe being named as the 70th Shining Light at the Copper Box Arena on the one year anniversary of the Olympics and Paralympics.
In 2014, the 2013 Shining Lights are handing over the baton to their successors in special celebratory events scheduled around the country this summer.
"Games Makers had an important role in the success of London 2012,” said Lord Coe.
"In fact volunteers have been integral to the success of the Olympic Games since they were first used in 1948.
"The Community Games Shining Lights bring this Olympic and Paralympic ethos into our everyday lives by organising great activities for our families, friends and neighbours to enjoy, whilst simultaneously encouraging them to be more active.
"These volunteers truly deserve this recognition.”
Community Games is an Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy programme funded by the Social Action Fund and delivered by the County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN) and the YMCA.
"Ask a crowd of people who their sporting heroes are and you’re guaranteed to hear the names Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis,” said CSPN CEO Lee Mason.
"London 2012 had a huge impact on our perception of sport, from the athletes we admire to encouraging us to participate ourselves - the legacy is still going strong two years on thanks to the volunteers keeping the Olympic spark alive through Community Games.
"The aim of the Shining Lights initiative is to celebrate these unsung heroes and recognise the contribution they make to community life.”
This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7, 2014) and Community Games is joining in the celebrations this summer by honouring the Shining Lights to keep the spark of London 2012 alive in communities across the UK.
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