Princess opens Medway Park

Princess Anne visits the University of Kent area at Medway ParkThe Princess Royal has officially opened Medway Park in Gillingham.

Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque during a visit on Thursday, 28 July to mark the transformation of the sports facility into a state-of-the-art regional centre of excellence.

Princess Anne, who competed at the 1976 Olympics and serves as President of the British Olympic Association, also took in the opening events of the European Modern Pentathlon Championships, a qualifying event for the 2012 Olympic Games.

The top eight finishers in the men’s and women’s competitions – which involved Europe's top athletes going head to head in shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running - earned a place in London next year.

Princess Anne meets Our Medway schools at Medway ParkHer Royal Highness met local school children who were showcasing their work as part of the Our Medway Olympic-themed education scheme. She was also treated to a demonstration by members of the Medway Sporting Academy and even tried her hand at laser shooting.

She was also given a tour of the sports science and therapy facility run by the University of Kent at Medway Park.

Medway Park was formerly known as the Black Lion centre, before receiving an £11million makeover. The renovated venue now boasts facilities including a new 12-court multi-use sports hall, an eight-lane athletics track and state-of-the-art gym.

The centre is set to be used as a pre-Games training camp by Olympic and Paralympic teams from Senegal and Barbados.

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