When it comes to sport, 2013 is shaping up to be a super summer for the Brits.
So we asked the people of Hartlepool if they think there’s the potential to top last year and the Olympics.
James Benvin, an 85-year old retired plater from Rossmere said: “We’re on for a better summer of sport than last year. It’s only early in the year for a start. We’ve got the women’s football and boxing. I played a lot of sport myself and when you’re winning it spurs you on. You get that extra oomph.”
Retired police officer Dave Kilner, 68, from Greatham, said: “I think there’s the potential to top last year and develop sport from a grass roots level. Winning rubs off, and the Olympics helped as there were so many sports involved. It goes on from that and I hope the success helps the legacy of the Olympics.
Natalie Tweddle, a 24-year old school dinner lady from Stranton, said: “I don’t think we’ll top last year. The Olympics is really big. But when it comes to actual sporting success we’re doing well. It’s possible to get a winning mentality. Success in one sport can help another. I’d like to see a successful summer.”
Retired labourer Allan Howard, 73, said: “It all depends on money and sponsorship. If a given sport gets the right amount of investment and sponsorship, we’ve got a chance as a nation. We need to start with the kids and work up. Personally, I don’t think there’s enough money going in to sport.