Birmingham news Commonwealth Games local stars so proud of incredible event and legacy it leaves PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Local competitors at the Games have told us why "We love Brum" and how Birmingham Commonwealth 2022 is so extra special
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The 2022 Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham are coming to an end and many of its homegrown stars say it's made them truly proud to be from the area where it's taking place. The huge international sporting spectacle will leave a lasting city on the UK's second city, making us all feel honoured to be a Brummie (or, if you live close by, a Midlander). The Games have brought out the very best of the West Midlands and attracted more than a million visitors, wowing locals and tourists alike at the biggest sports event to be held in the UK in a decade. The city and the region has truly embraced Birmingham 2022, whether it’s more than 500,000 West Midlands residents buying tickets – helping to make this the best-attended Commonwealth Games ever in the UK – or the 14,000 volunteers all doing their part to welcome visitors to Birmingham. And with the eyes of the world on Birmingham during the Games, some of our homegrown athletes have commented on what it means for our city. READ MORE: What happened to Raging Bull's mask with the names of Birmingham pub bombing victims? Denise Lewis OBE, Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and President of Commonwealth Games England, from West Bromwich, said: "It’s incredible when you know that a Games is coming to your patch - the place where you grew up. "The pride was bursting out of me - I felt like I was going to combust. The Games represent a journey - not just my personal journey but the city’s journey." Mark Lewis-Francis, former England 4x100m sprint relay champion, from Birmingham, said: "The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is going to deliver a lasting legacy for the region. "I’m a proud Brummie, born and bred, and some of the changes that have been made already are going to create so many jobs, so much opportunity. "I want the people of Birmingham to embrace it.
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. It’s all about leaving a legacy for our future. Birmingham has got so much mad talent, and what these Games are going to do is open up a door for so many youngsters." Stacey Francis-Bayman, England Netball team, Goal Defence Goal Keeper, Wing Defence, from Bromsgrove, said: "It is unreal to have a home Games once in a lifetime, and I’m so glad it’s happening in what is my final year (in netball). I feel incredibly lucky. "To have the Games in the town where you're born is insane. I am such a proud Brummie and every time I step out on the court I’m making sure I take it all in.” Lily Walker: England Hockey midfielder, from Cannock, said: "It's [University of Birmingham Hockey pitch] one of the prettiest pitches in the world. I'm a bit biased, but having [university clock tower] Old Joe in the background, the great hall and everything, it’s really special." Delicious Orie, England super heavyweight boxer, from Birmingham, said: "Fighting at home is extra special and I know how much it means to the locals." READ NEXT: Who is Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix - all about the Commonwealth Games athlete and daughter of TV star Commonwealth Games backs ‘Super Sunday’ event with three finals showcasing women’s sport England to play Commonwealth Games semi-finals and finals this weekend - full list of what to watch Commonwealth Games diving at Sandwell Aquatic Centre gets 3 golds for England - in pictures The city centre bakery loved by Denise Lewis for its 'great food' and 'Brummie love'
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