Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has paid tribute to Team GB for their spectacular performances to date at the London 2012 Olympics.
The team incorporating Great Britain and Northern Ireland who are in third position in the medals table currently hold 37 medals, 16 of which are gold.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “Team GB has far exceeded any expectations anybody had ever held. Men and women from across the Nations have come together and given performances of a lifetime across many different sports and disciplines. With golds in athletics, rowing, cycling, tennis canoeing, sailing, shooting and hopes for more medals still to come, Britain has excelled.”
“Our sportsmen and women deserve so much praise for their hard work and dedication over a lifetime that has resulted in so many world class performances.”
“Tribute must also be paid to the organisers and all the volunteers of London 2012 who have to date delivered one of the best Olympic Games in living memory. While I was Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure and member of the Sports Cabinet I attended a meeting where Tessa Jowell, the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport first raised the idea of London bidding to be an Olympic host city. At the time I believed London would be a fabulous location and the four Sports Ministers endorsed the plan but we could never have imagined the amazing spectacle we have seen.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “With a large number of our athletes still to compete I look forward to more medals for Team GB particularly from our local competitors. As a nation we should all be very proud that the aim of this Olympics ‘to inspire a generation’ will do just that and we can look forward to even greater success in the future.”