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A Midlands honour for Olympian star Tommy

KNOWLE Olympian Tommy Godwin has been inducted into the BBC Midlands Sport Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks.

KNOWLE Olympian Tommy Godwin has been inducted into the BBC Midlands Sport Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks.

Tommy, aged 91, is one of the few surviving Britons to win a medal in the 1948 London Olympics.

Mr Godwin, who won two bronze for cycling, has been chosen to be an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics.

The Knowle resident will also be one of 8000 torch bearers to carry the Olympic flame ahead of the games next summer.

“On Wednesday I’m going down to BBC Radio Four for the Reunions programme where they will get five or six of the old 1948 Olympians together for a chat,” Tommy said.

“I’ve also received an honorary degree from Loughborough University - I’m a very busy man for 91!

“I like to be involved with people, the television, radio and newspapers.”

But the President of Solihull Cycling Club revealed he hasn’t been on a bike for 16 years.

Tommy said: “My dear wife Eileen who died in January said ‘I don’t want you on the open road.’

“I think it is a bit dangerous on the open road.

“I keep fairly fit for 91 though.”

 

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