Representatives from Lisburn City Council have welcomed the Chinese Gymnastic Team to the City, as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The Chinese Olympic Team will be based at Salto Gymnastics Club in Lisburn for their pre-competition Training.
The Men's Team arrived last Tuesday evening and were welcomed by the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, the Chairman of Leisure Services, Councillor Thomas Beckett, the Sports Minister, Carál NÍ Chuilín and Chairman of Sport NI, Mr Dominic Walsh as part of the welcoming party.
The Women's Team flew in last Sunday and was welcomed by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, the Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett, representatives from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure including the Permanent Secretary, Rosalie Flanagan and representatives of Sport NI.
Welcoming the Teams to the City, the Mayor said that it was tremendous that such an internationally renowned team had chosen Lisburn as its base during the 2012 Olympics.
"To play host to the Chinese Olympics Team is something quite special and I hope that they enjoy their time here in the City and that their training here at Salto pays dividends," said the Mayor.
Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee, Councillor Thomas Beckett, said that the presence of the Olympic Team would be inspirational to many gymnasts and athletes across the City.
"The presence of Olympic Athletes here in the City, like the Chinese Team at Salto and the South African Badminton Team at The Racquet Club, gives us a connection to the competition in London. To have a number of Olympic Training Camps based in Lisburn is very exciting and we wish all athletes every success in the upcoming Games," said Councillor Beckett.
Welcoming the Women's Chinese Olympic Gymnastics Team to Lisburn are (l-r); Mr Andrew Sloan, Sport NI; Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee; Mrs Rosalie Flanagan, Permanent Secretary, DCAL; Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Mr Mick Cory, DCAL.
Councillor Thomas Beckett, Chairman of the Council's Leisure Services Committee welcomes the Chinese Olympic Gymnastics Team to Lisburn.
The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem welcomes the Men's Chinese Olympic Gymnastics Team to Lisburn.