Olympics 2012 updates: Family news, tickets, entertainment and training

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Family news

WEYMOUTH windsurfer Nick Dempsey has described the new addition to his family as ‘amazing’.

The 31-year-old Olympic bronze medallist has qualified to compete for Team GB this summer at his fourth consecutive Games.

Last week Nick’s wife Sarah, a double Olympic gold medallist sailor, gave birth to their second son, Oscar-Flynn Dempsey, at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

Oscar-Flynn shares the same name as his older brother Thomas Flynn Dempsey, who will be three in June.

Proud dad Nick said: “We just like the name and wanted to link the two together.

“It’s amazing, all you ever want is for your baby to come out healthy and so far we’ve got two healthy kids, that’s all anyone can ask for.

“Thomas is getting better and better, he’s the reason I always rush home.

“I think he’ll be trying windsurfing this summer, I hope so.”

This week Nick is training in Cadiz, Spain, ahead of the World Championships on March 21.

Tickets

TICKETS to five of the final London 2012 test events go on sale today, at 10am. It is a chance for members of the public to watch Synchronised Swimming, Hockey, Wheelchair Tennis, Water Polo and Paralympic Athletics in the Olympic Park prior to the Games.

Tickets are priced from £3 to £20. Synchronised Swimming is taking place from April 18 to 22, hockey from May 2 to 6 and Water Polo and Wheelchair Tennis will both run from May 3 to 6.

On Tuesday, May 8, more than 200 Paralympic athletes from 50 nations will battle it out in track and field events in the Olympic Stadium.

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Outdoor Athletics Champion-ships will also take place from May 4 to 7 with tickets available to members of BUCS.

All tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk/london preparesseries

Entertainment

MEMBERS of the public can buy tickets for an evening of entertainment at the Olympic Stadium.

A total of 40,000 can join famous faces, celebrities and sports stars for an event called ‘2012 Hours to Go: An Evening of Athletics and Entertain-ment’ on Saturday, May 5.

The special event, will follow on from the British Universi-ties & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships.

Tickets go on sale today from 10am priced at £20 and £10 concessions, at ticket master.co.uk/londonprepares series

Training

WEYMOUTH and Portland churches are being invited to send representatives to a day of Olympic-themed workshops.

A regional training day, organised by Games-inspired charity More Than Gold, will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, March 24, at All Saints School, Wyke Regis.

The event is one of 16 ‘Get Set’ events taking place throughout the UK and 11 workshops will include topics such as how churches can run a community festival, use sport to engage with people of every age, support the Torch Relay, respond to Games-related issues such as homelessness and fair trade, and be inclusive for those with disabilities.

More Than Gold’s UK director Jon Burns, said the event aims to help borough churches ‘play their part’ during Olympic Torch Relay and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

It costs £10 per person with registration at morethan gold.org.uk/getset

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