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Blog from the baths as Shuttle signs up Olympic swimmer

A Newsquest weekly newspaper has secured the services of an Olympic swimmer as a blogger for the Beijing Games.

The Kidderminster Shuttle has signed up 25-year-old local hero Todd Cooper to send back regular updates from his training base in Japan followed by the main event in China.

Todd, who also competed in the Athens Games in 2004, is one of four athletes from the Shuttle’s patch to travel to the Far East.

Shuttle editor Clive Joyce contacted HoldtheFrontPage after we revealed how the Birmingham Mail is covering the large contingent of athletes from its patch who are heading to Beijing.

Clive said: “We have followed him in Kidderminster since he was a young lad swimming for the local club.

“He went up and up until he was a swimming in the 2004 Games.

“Because he has quite a lot of support locally, he jumped at the chance to tell people about his efforts when we asked him to write the blog.

“He has not forgotten where he’s come from and still has loads of friends and family on the patch.”

Other Kidderminster athletes representing Great Britain are archer Naomi Folkard, kayaker Lucy Wainwright and paralympic gymnast Sophie Lane.

In next Thursday’s edition of the Shuttle, there will be a big picture spread and interviews covering all four of the Kidderminster Olympians.

Twelve years ago the Shuttle set up the Ray Mercer Sporting Foundation in memory of the Kidderminster Harriers FC secretary.

Money donated to the foundation has helped many local grassroots sports clubs with Todd Cooper and Lucy Wainwright both benefitting from its support.

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