Sporting Heroes – celebrating our local sporting heroes past, present and future

Press Release: 02/07/2012

Sporting Heroes

From 7 July to 26 August City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre will be hosting ’Sporting Heroes’ an exciting summer exhibition which celebrates our local sporting personalities past, present and future. Full of fascinating objects and inspiring stories, from the world of Ancient Greece to the dedication of our young sporting heroes of today and with plenty of fun activities and things to do, this family friendly exhibition has something for everyone.

Take this opportunity to see at first hand some of the equipment used by many of our local sporting heroes such as the sail from the Star class boat of Olympic gold medallist Ian Percy, and the mast that dramatically broke during Annabelle Vose’s successful challenge for the World Championship in Argentina last year.


From Winchester Museums’ collections we have the racing Penny Farthing and trophies of one of the most successful British cyclists of the late 19th early 20th centuries, Frederick Frost. In stark contrast you will be able to see displayed a modern Time Trial bike exhibited courtesy of Hargroves Cycles, Winchester.

Winchester College has kindly loaned a selection of rare Greek pottery from the 5th century BC illustrating how important sport was to Ancient Greek society and culture.

Come along to our free make and take activities; on Sunday 8 July you can make a ‘flame’ headdress to wear when the Olympic flame comes to town, and on Wednesday 15 August you can make an Ancient Greek Victory Wreath to take away. These activities are suitable for children age 7+ who must be accompanied by an adult on the day.


There are plenty of activities you can do in the exhibition including testing your sporting skills with our personal bests Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce and Target Throw as well as art and colouring-in activities for all ages, jigsaws and a spotter quiz.

Cllr. Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said,

With the Olympic flame shortly to make its historic visit to our district this exhibition offers visitors to City Space the chance to appreciate how rewarding and fulfilling participation in sport can be, whether it’s getting involved with your local club or participating at national or international level it’s the taking part that counts.”

Amanda Ford, Head of Sport and Physical Activity said,

This a fantastic opportunity for families to discover how many successful athletes Winchester can be proud of past, present and future.”

Sporting Heroes is one of many exciting events taking place across the district as part of Winchester 2012. To find out more go to: www.winchester2012.co.uk/events.

Sporting Heroes opens on Saturday 7 July and runs until Sunday 26 August.

City Space opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm,  Sunday opening 11 – 3pm

City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Admission is free.