Hundreds of events were held on Saturday with sports clubs flinging open their doors as part of the day dubbed ‘I Am Team GB’
The set of Coronation Street was transformed into a sporting arena as part of the country’s biggest ever sports day in tribute to Great Britain’s Olympic heroes.
One of the special guest visitors at the event was Elinor Barker, 21, from Didbsury , who helped pedal Britain to victory in the women’s Team Pursuit in the Velodrome in Rio.
She said she had been blown away by the response from the public following her return from the games, Britain’s most successful in 108 years.
And she hopes their unprecedented success will prove a catalyst in getting more people taking regularly part in sport.
Speaking from the new Corrie set at Trafford Wharf she said: “It’s been really special.
“The public have really engaged with it and probably watched new sports or been inspired by something they’ve seen.
“I had a friend who used to be a gymnast who said she was going to take it back up after watching Max Whitlock and the rest of the team.
“When it’s someone you can know like that you can really identify with it and its a fantastic feeling.
“Hopefully, there’s many more people like that and these games can have a real legacy.”
Hundreds of events were held on Saturday with sports clubs flinging open their doors as part of the day dubbed ‘I Am Team GB’ organised by the National Lottery in conjunction with ITV, the British Olympic Association, UK Sport and is supported by Join In.
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive of National Lottery operator Camelot said: “Ultimately everyone who buys a National Lottery ticket is hoping to win a prize.
“But the other part is how money goes to good causes – a chunk of it to sport.
“So as for all the medals being won in Rio...if you’ve bought a ticket, you’ve made that happen.”
As part of the initiative, Transmission on all seven of ITV’s channels were also cut for an hour from 9:30am as part of a drive to get more people active post the games.
And the set of two of its flagship shows, Corrie and also Emmerdale, were turned into sports clubs for the day.
Table tennis, rock climbing and badminton were among the activities on offer at the unique event.
The event also doubled as homecoming for some of our lottery-funded Olympians, including Taekwondo bronze medallist Bianca Walkden, and Badminton bronze medalist Marcus Ellis.
More than £80m has been raised each year by National Lottery players to help fund elite athletes during the four-year build-up to this summer’s games.
Bianca, Elinor and their teammates proudly showed off ther medals as well as meeting fans and a number of cast members who made an appearance.
Elinor said: “It’s been pretty surreal. “Obviously it’s such a popular show and the set is really iconic.
“My old housemate is a Corrie mega fan so I’ve watched loads of it over the years.
“She’s going to be so jealous of me today.
“I was really impressed and took a few selfies in front of the Rovers and a few other places.
“It was just great to meet everyone and see them enjoying getting active.”
Elinor and her teammates will next get to mingle with fans at the Team GB homecoming parade which will be held in Manchester after the Paralympics in October.
Elinor, originally from Cardiff, said: “I think it’s a great decision to have it up north and on the evidence of today I’m expecting a fantastic turnout and a really special occasion.”
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