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Culture secretary praises Surrey’s Olympic progress

Culture secretary praises Surrey’s Olympic progress

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt has praised Surrey County Council for “blazing a trail” in its preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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He singled out the county council’s excellent work in attracting teams to train in Surrey for their London 2012 preparations. Mr Hunt said Surrey County Council “has probably done better” than any authority outside London in terms of attracting teams.

The Cabinet Minister added: “It is blazing a trail. The best present is the road races. Surrey residents will be able to see an Olympic event for free on their doorsteps and that is a great tribute to Surrey County Council. The test event was amazing and next year will be a great British festival.”

Mr Hunt made the comments during an event in Haslemere, Surrey, on Friday (30 September) to promote the benefits of superfast broadband, where he was joined by Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games.

Mrs Saliagopoulos said: “It was fantastic to hear Jeremy speak so highly of Surrey’s achievements and it is a real boost to know the Government has recognised the hard work we are putting in.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games represent an incredible opportunity for Surrey residents and businesses. Local firms have won more than £740 million worth of Games related contracts, the cycle races are expected to boost tourism for years to come and we’ve seen thousands of children take part in the P&G Surrey School Games.”

A host of teams have signed up to train their athletes at Surrey’s world class sporting facilities to prepare for the Games. These include Australian cyclists, Chinese tennis players and the entire Nigerian Olympic and Paralympic teams.

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