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- 03 July 2014 00:00
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London 2012 Olympic canoe slalom gold medalists Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott were on hand to inspire young participants attending the 2014 Beds and Luton Summer School Games.
The multi-sport competition saw over 1,000 young people compete at venues across Bedford, including the Bedford International Athletic Stadium.
Baillie and Stott were attending the competition in their capacity as Sport England Sport Champions with their aim being to inspire young people to raise their own aspirations.
"Having won Olympic gold for Team GB at London 2012 in my sport of canoeing, I feel it is really important for me to give something back to sport,” said Baillie.
"That is why I love being a Sport England Sporting Champion and working with young people to raise their own aspirations of what they can achieve.
"I am really enjoyed attending the 2014 Beds and Luton School Games and speaking with all the young competitors and volunteers there.
Stott was equally happy.
"I loved being at the the 2014 Beds and Luton School Games in my role as a Sport England Sporting Champion,” he said.
"It was a fantastic event and huge credit must go to the Local Organising Committee for putting everything together.
"I loved inspiring all the young participants and volunteers in attendance and to raise their own aspirations.
"It was great to tell them all about my London 2012 Olympic gold medal triumph in canoeing and motivate them to go on and achieve their own success in whatever they do!”