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A NEW social history exhibition titled Going for Gold! opened at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum on Saturday.
The exhibition, which will run until October 7, celebrates the rich sporting heritage of Warwick district to mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The exhibition was officially opened by Warwick District Council chairman councillor Michael Kinson OBE.
He was accompanied by special guests, including Olympic swimmer Helen Slatter who represented Great Britain at three consecutive Olympics, starting in 1988.
Local torch bearer Peter Frazier will also be present with his torch. In 1981, he was the first person to run a marathon after a kidney transplant.
Members of Cleary's Boxing Gym and Quarry Park Disc Golf Club were also on hand to give demonstrations to help celebrate the opening
Senior curatorial officer Vicki Slade said: "Leamington and the surrounding area have historically been at the forefront of sports development.
"It was the home of the first lawn tennis club in the world and many elite sports men and women have come from the district.
"Local people have generously loaned an array of sporting memorabilia to the exhibition, which explores the wide range of sports participation and achievement in the area.
"I hope that everybody will enjoy this unique show and perhaps will leave inspired to have a go themselves."
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