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Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger is set to run the 2014 Virgin London Marathon in order to fundraise on behalf of the charity.
International Inspiration is the development charity set up by the London 2012 Organising Committee in order to harnesses the power of sport to transform the lives of some of the poorest children in the world.
Having fulfilled Lord Sebastian Coe’s 2005 Singapore Promise to reach 12 million children and young people across the world by the London 2012 Games, International Inspiration is now committed to continue to help inspire and engage the youth and excluded around the world through sport for years to come.
Grainger and International Inspiration will be raising funds through the 2014 Virgin London Marathon for the charity’s programmes and projects around the world.
Grainger, who won gold at London 2012 following the three Olympic silver medals she picked up at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 an Beijing 2008, has expressed her excitement ahead of the high-profile run, which takes place on April 13th.
"I am delighted to announce that, on behalf of International Inspiration, I will be able to fulfil a long standing ambition and run the 2014 London Marathon,” said Grainger.
"Starting my training, I’ve realised that this challenge will fully push me out of my comfort zone as an Olympic rower.
"But International Inspiration is about making a difference to people’s lives and providing opportunities where there weren’t any before and I’m proud to play my part.
"I want to raise awareness of the charity’s fantastic work, which has already helped to inspire and transform the lives of over 15 million children, young and disadvantaged people around the world through the power of sport.”
Lord Coe, who is now Chair of International Inspiration, has given his backing to Grainger.
"International Inspiration is privileged to have a trustee of Katherine’s standing," he said.
"Her decision to run the marathon on behalf of the charity and the millions of children and young people we are reaching and engaging through sport is truly inspirational.
"We have grown into an ambitious, partnership focused charity that will continue its journey forward, and further evolve within the sport for development world so that the vital work to help those less fortunate endures long into the future.”
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