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Rowing star to help town children cycle safely
9:38am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
BRITISH Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell OBE will be visiting Swindon this Friday.
Cracknell, pictured second from right with fellow British rowers Sir Matthew Pinsent, Steve Williams and Ed Coode after winning the Men’s Four final during the 2004 Olympics, is now a Conservative candidate for the European elections, and will meet children at a cycling safety training event at Holy Rood Junior School. He will also visit Chalkdown House, an independent hospital for people with complex brain injuries recently opened at Dorcan by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust.
He will then visit the cycle track at the county ground. In the afternoon he will attend a private Conservative Party event.
He suffered a serious head injury in a bike accident in 2010, and now spends much of his time promoting cycle safety as well as fundraising for charities helping people with brain injuries.
Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, said: “I was pleased when I was invited to the opening of Chalkdown House earlier this year. It is a much needed facility in Swindon. It is a great opportunity to show James Cracknell how far we have come, especially when he does so much work for Headway, the brain injury association.”
Coun Keith Williams, Swindon Council’s Lead Member for Leisure, said: “Having a sporting hero visit us is a huge coup.”