A GOVERNMENT report has praised several projects and initiatives in Weymouth and Portland originating from the 2012 Olympic legacy.

The Olympic and Paralympic legacy: Inspired by 2012 report was released earlier this month and looks at the legacy of the games around the country.

Its publication comes as Great Britain smashes its medal target in Rio 2016, with it being hoped that now even more people will be inspired to get in to sports.

The report has praised several initiatives and projects for their continued work since 2012 in the Weymouth and Portland area.

Speaking about the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy it states that the venue “continues to move forward”.

Other schemes that are highlighted for their legacy work include the Chesil Sailing Trust and its sail for a fiver project that has now enabled 15,000 Dorset children to try a sailing taster session. It especially focused on the schemes extension to windsurf for a fiver in 2015.

Chesil Sailability is also highlighted, with more than 50 disabled sailors now taking to the water, most for the first time.

The report also outlines the work of the initiative to create a new image for Weymouth as a host of major new sport events.

The volunteering legacy in Weymouth is also mentioned, with the report saying that the Weymouth Weyfarer programme, that was based upon the 2012 volunteer ambassadors continues to develop.

It also looks at the projects securing wildlife interests and increasing people’s contact with wildlife in Weymouth and Portland.

One of the projects praised is the refurbishment of the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, which the report says has helped the local nesting colony of little terns at Chesil Beach have its three best years of nesting since the games.

The report features a foreword from Prime Minister, Theresa May, it reads: “As this report shows, the range of activities inspired by London 2012 is extensive and diverse – from volunteering projects, to cultural initiatives promoting disabled artists, to new standards around sustainability, and work to make our buildings and places more accessible and inclusive – the list goes on.”

Four years after London 2012, our local sailors are still proving to be champions, with Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark bagging a gold in the 470 dinghy last week, Giles Scott getting a gold in the Finn class.

Great Britain has seen some of its best-ever Olympic results this year and it’s hoped youngsters will be inspired.

Saturday is Britain’s ‘biggest sports day’, with ITV switching off for an hour at 9.30am to encourage everyone to get out and moving