Westminster community awards winners and nominees get second chance to buy 2012 Olympics tickets
By SohoLisa | Monday, June 13, 2011, 13:33
Deserving members of the community in Westminster are being offered another chance to get their hands on 2012 Olympics after Westminster council were successful in their bid to secure 100 tickets.
Second chance for 2012 Olympic for Westminster's local heroes © Ben Sutherland
A selected few drawn from the pool of winners and nominees of Westminster community awards, will be given the opportunity to enter into a ballot to win the 2012 Olympics. The tickets are not free howecer and the successful candidate will have to pay somewhere within in the region of £65 of £185 a ticket, dependant on the event.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed it will buy back any unwanted tickets, so there will be no cost to the taxpayer.
Deputy cabinet member for sport and leisure, Cllr Steve Summers said: "The opportunity Westminster has had to apply for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games is an exciting chance to reward individuals and organisations that have made a significant and positive contribution to the community in Westminster. We are thrilled to be hosting a number of events as well as welcoming thousands of visitor to the city to enjoy everything that we have to offer including theatres, restaurants, the vibrant West End and unrivalled shopping."
Those that will qualify are people who been recognised as having made a difference to their community through sport and physical activity as well as those recognised as making differences to their communities.
Westminster will play a pivotal role to the success of the Games, expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors including the International Olympics Committee who will be staying on Park Lane.
It is also hosting several of the events and is just one of five London authorities which will host the Olympic torch overnight during the relay.
Events taking place in the borough are the beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade; Archery at Lord's Cricket Ground; men's and women's triathlons in Hyde and St James's Parks; the marathon swim in the Serpentine and men's and women's Olympic and Paralympic road events.
There will also be test events for the competitions later this year.