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John Phillips, Senior Reporter
Friday, December 7, 2012
Barking and Dagenham athletes are to take part in an Olympic legacy sports challenge pitting the talents of students across the capital.
The EDF Energy Athletics Challenge will enable the students to improve their athletics performance with top coaches as well as develop their careers through expert job workshops.
Six colleges and schools, including Barking and Dagenham College, will participate in the challenge next March.
The Dagenham Road college has trained running sensation Adam Gemili, who burst onto the Olympic scene in Stratford this summer.
London 2012 100m Paralympic bronze medallist, Ola Abidogun, officially launched the challenge in central London on November 29.
He said: “London 2012 took athletics in this country to a new level and initiatives like this are just what we need if we are going to turn the incredible enthusiasm displayed in the summer into opportunities for young people.”
A police officer has been bitten while arresting two men in Dagenham for possession of what is believed to be 135 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.
Small companies from across Barking and Dagenham have the chance to make their mark on the capital as this year’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) London Business Awards were launched this week.
The fire brigade “tricked” its firefighters into breaking a national strike by exaggerating the scale of a Dagenham scrapyard blaze, apparent secret documents obtained by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) suggest.