Much Wenlock Olympics• William Penny-Brookes and The Modern Olympics• In 1850 Local surgeon William Penny-Brookes (1809 - 1895), who introduced physical education into British schools, inspired the fore-runner of the modern Olympic Games for the "promotion of moral, physical and intellectual improvement" and although the Games venue is now decided by international committee rather than by the Wenlock Olympian Society, we still hold our own Olympics here every July - the other Olympics are also doing quite well too!
• Sadly the good doctor Brookes died in 1895 aged 87, just four months before the modern Olympic Games were started in Athens in April 1896. He was a tireless campaigner and altogether good egg, he will not be forgotten. However, the full story can be found in the Much Wenlock Museum, along with the history of the town and other information on the unique geology of the Wenlock Edge.• In 2012, the Olympic torch was designed by an ex Salopian - Edward Barber, who was born and raised in Shrewsbury
My mums favourite athlete and whyFavourite athlete.Colin Jackson - HurdlesWhy? He was a World Champion at this event. Gracious in victory or defeat. Unfortunately he never managed to win the Olympic Gold . He was also pretty handsome and still is!!
My dads favourite athlete and why.Favourite athleteWhy?