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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 bus driver who hit and killed an elderly Dagenham couple with his double decker has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Former Phones 4U stores in Barking and Dagenham have reopened as Vodafone shops, following the collapse of the high street chain last month.
David Cameron visited the famous Dagenham Ford motor plant today to announce a £9million funding grant for work on a new diesel engine.
Seven decades after putting his life on the line during the Second World War Arctic Convoy missions, George Samuel Barker has been recognised for his bravery. He talks to reporter Anna Silverman about life at sea and his pride at collecting the medal.