Let’s tap into Olympics spirit for city by David Young

Let’s tap into Olympics spirit for city by David Young

Let’s tap into Olympics spirit for city by David Young

Aug 28, 2012

There’s been a real lift in our spirits from our glorious summer of 2012 across the whole country – if you just ignore the weather for five minutes.

The Jubilee celebrations were magnificent, despite plenty of predictions of a damp squib, followed by the truly outstanding Olympics in which we built, organised, volunteered, secured and performed our socks off in so many different ways.

As a result a real sense of pride has been rekindled across the country.

I do get upset, however, by the speed at which some parts of the media turn from such brilliant coverage into the negative stories on which they generally lead.

Many, together with the general doomsayers of life, are now predicting all the euphoria will rapidly turn into post-Olympic blues.

So how can we ride this wave of positive energy into our own community for maximum collective benefit?

Well the plans for Home Park on the back of the brilliant Life Centre, and James Brent’s development of Argyle/Pavilions etc, will give Plymouth sporting and event facilities of national significance.

We live in one of the most magnificent locations in the world and want more people to come and share it by promoting events like Flavour Fest, the National Fireworks Championship, the Marine City Festival or the America’s Cup World Series.

We have some brilliant businesses based down here across a wide spectrum of sectors, some seeing impressive growth.

We have notable strengths in the manufacturing, marine, engineering, creative, medical and technology.

We have a private sector working very closely with the public sector at delivering economic growth against clear strategies.

We all have a part to play in this process – whether it’s getting involved in the Plymouth Chamber or other community groups or to just being a vocal supporter of the city, rather than a doomsayer (those that generally expect the worst and love being proved right).

The Olympics success shows us that with dedication, belief and hard work we really can excel.

And as a city we must now emulate that journey and all play a part in supporting, believing and delivering.

So please find a way of making your contribution – get involved with the Plymouth Chamber if you are in business, as together we can achieve so much more.

At the very least let’s all talk our city up and expect the best – we might get a very pleasant surprise in the process.