With one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, local MP Bill Wiggin this week praised the country’s achievements to date.

Bill Wiggin MP had previously attended a Parliamentary Reception at which he gave his support to organisers and athletes alike.

Thanks to the exceptional work and optimism of all involved, all Olympic venues have been finished a year ahead of time, with the completed Aquatics Centre unveiled today.

The Games next year will mark the end of a decade-long project which aimed to put athletes at the heart of the event, inspire young people to get into sport, showcase iconic London and be a catalyst for lasting transformation.

Already, 12 million of the world’s most disadvantaged children have been reached by ‘International Inspiration’ – LOCOG’s groundbreaking sports legacy programme.

3.5 million tickets have been sold and a remarkable  250,000 volunteers put themselves forward since applications opened in October.

Bill Wiggin MP commented: “It’s great to see the one year milestone passed not just on time and on budget – but with flying colours.

The 2012 Olympics is proving to be a fantastic showcase of British construction, talent, teamwork and tenacity on a truly international stage.

I hope all of North Herefordshire will join me in cheering on the region’s home grown sporting heroes as they prepare for what may well be the most important, and exhilarating, event of their lives.”