Islington Community Heroes Olympic ticket winners announced
By JulieGK | Thursday, June 21, 2012, 18:57
A have-a-go hero, a youth sports ambassador and a
Queens Diamond Jubilee party fundraiser are amongst 209 Islington 'Community
Heroes' who have won free tickets to London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Islington Council announced the roll call as excited
nominees gathered in Islington's Assembly Hall on Upper Street, N1, on 19 June
to hear if they had won seats to what is being called 'The Greatest Show on
The Islington Community Heroes scheme was set up to
give exceptional local people the chance to win tickets, paid for by generous
Residents were asked to tell the council about those
special members of the community - from teenagers to pensioners - and give them
the unique chance to attend The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council
said: "London 2012 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
see the world's greatest event on our own doorstep.
"We know not everyone has been lucky enough to get
tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"But thanks to Islington's Community Heroes tickets
scheme, over 200 special residents - from teenagers to pensioners - chosen by
their peers, will be able to do just that."
In February 2011, all London authorities were given
the option of purchasing 100 tickets by the London Organising Committee of the
Olympic Games Ltd (LOCOG).
Despite government cuts, Islington Council wanted to
make sure its allocation was secured and reached residents who had made
distinctive and - in some cases - life changing contributions to the
The result was Islington's Council's 'Community
Heroes' Olympic ticket awards.
Tim Smits, 33, of N1, was nominated following his
brave defence of two pensioners from abusive yobs on a bus, where he was
Speaking at the Community Heroes award ceremony on
19 June, where he was told he would get a seat at the Closing Ceremony he said:
"It's been a rough year but to get this award has really lifted my spirits.
"Being around these amazing people is truly
inspirational and humbling. "Going to the Olympic Games will be awesome."
The council's 'once in a lifetime' ticket offer
followed a strong response from local businesses and partners.
Approached by Islington Council to pay for the
tickets, their generosity greatly exceeded the cost of the initial 100 ticket
allocation. It means 209 lucky residents get the chance to go the Olympic and
Paralympic Games - at no cost to the taxpayer.
The Community Heroes Olympic ticket scheme is part
of Islington's sporting summer of celebration - which includes the arrival of
the Olympic Torch and a sporting specatacular community event on Highbury Fields
on 26 July.