Olympic cycling hero Jason Kenny is to have a new leisure complex named after him in his home town of Bolton.
Cyclist Kenny, is Bolton’s greatest Olympian to date, after adding golds in the men’s team sprint and the individual sprint in London 2012, to the gold and silver medal he won in Beijing.
Council bosses in Bolton have now announced plans to name the leisure facility at Bolton One, the town’s £30.6 million leisure, health and research centre, after him.
Bolton One, on Moor Lane, is a partnership between the council, NHS Bolton and the University of Bolton. The centre contains a state-of-the-art fitness suite, a community gym, dance and workout studio along with a competition standard, eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool.
A motion will go before the council asking councillors to back naming it the Jason Kenny Centre in his honour. The motion also asks for support to name a local cycle trail after him.
Kenny said: “As the saying goes ‘home is where the heart is’, so it’s a real honour to have the leisure centre at the Bolton One complex named after me.
“I’m proud of being from Bolton, it is where I was born and bred, so to be recognised in this way by my home town is incredible.”
Councillor Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, added: “Jason’s spectacular gold medals were proud and inspirational moments for everyone in Bolton.
“Bolton One houses our newest leisure centre, in the heart of the community. Jason is a great sporting ambassador, an inspiration for young people across the borough, and we think this is a good way to honour his achievements.
“We’ve marked 2012 as the year of sport and we want to build a strong Olympic legacy in his home town that will inspire generations to come. We hope that his triumph will inspire young people to get active, use sporting facilities and aim for success.”
Chairman of Bolton Community Leisure Trust, Dave Singleton, added: “we’re delighted that the leisure facility at Bolton One will be named the Jason Kenny Centre. It’s a fitting tribute to our local Olympian whose dedication to sport and exercise has contributed to achieving the ultimate goal.”
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Chair of Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, the local body responsible for health care in the community, added his support for the proposal. “The whole building is designed to be a central part of the Bolton community, and it is only right that Jason, who has made such a tremendous contribution to sport, is acknowledged in this way,” he said.
“I hope that the name encourages even more people to go to the leisure centre or just get on their bike and live a healthy lifestyle.”