500 days to go until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and it's all about the people

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


This week (Monday 23 March) marks 500 days until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Dame Tessa Jowell MP, the woman who pioneered London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympics has recently written a blog for The Guardian: ‘It’s 500 days to go until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and I can’t wait.

In her blog she talks about how the spectacular London 2012 games were made even more special by its people. 

“…The Games have to belong to the people. In these cynical times that sounds almost trite but think back to 2012 - was that not how it felt?  The London Games were organised with a very particular set of aims and values that infused everything we did.

“They were the spirit of the Games: excellence, empowering communities, legacy through innovation, building human capital, parity through the games and Paralympics, and a UK Games in London. Nothing exemplified that philosophy more than the Games makers.”

Read her full blog on the Guardian here.

The contribution of Brookes’ people to the London 2012  was something discussed by Dame Tessa Jowell when she came to visit the University earlier this month to deliver an exciting  open lecture called: The confidence to showcase London and the UK: how we dared to host the Olympic Games in 2012.

In the lecture she discussed how the country won the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and planned, from outset to legacy, a wide range of benefits for UK plc.

In a special video below, filmed ahead of her lecture, Dame Tessa also discussed Brookes’ vast and varied contribution to the London 2012 Olympics. 

Our involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games ranged from former student Jay Osgerby designing the Olympic Torch, students and alumni winning four Olympic and two Paralympic medals and Professor John Gold’s research influencing decision making around the legacy of the Games.