England's MPs discover about the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in their area

Rehman Chishti MPSport England's Parliamentary Fellow, Rehman Chishti MP took on the Watt bike challenge as part of the four day event
This week, over a 100 MPs and Lords visited Sport England’s parliamentary exhibition, showcasing the work and investment being done through our legacy programme Places People Play. 

Located in the Upper Waiting Hall in the Palace of Westminster, the exhibition highlighted where all our £135 million of National Lottery funding has been invested to date.  Using interactive maps, workshops, videos and stands about each programme, MPs, Lords and visitor to parliament were able to see first-hand how many communities across England are benefitting from the funding and how they can benefit in the future. 

Officially opened by Rehman Chishti MP, member for Gillingham and Rainham and Sport England’s Parliamentary Sports Fellow, the exhibition also included a watt bike - an Olympic static training bike on loan from British Cycling.  Parliamentarians were challenged to have a go the bike and see how far they could ride in 30 seconds. 

“It was a real delight to host Sport England exhibition in the House of Commons this week, allowing members of parliament, Lords and visitors to parliament to see first-hand the excellent work Sport England are doing across the country to build on the Olympic legacy,” said Rehman Chishti MP. 

“It was great to see the competitive edge of all parliamentarians who tried out the British Cycling watt bike.  Many thanks to Sport England for such a fantastic exhibition and I congratulate them once again on the excellent work it does."

Nearly 70 MPs took part in the cycling competition, with Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, Graham Stuart, taking first place with an awesome 512m, closely followed by Dr Phillip Lee, the Conservative member for Bracknell, with 504m. Ian Austin, the Labour MP for Dudley North came a close third with 502m.

The Shrewsbury and Atcham MP, Daniel Kawczynski MP generated the greatest peak power of 1860 watts – but not touching the awesome wattage of 2200 achieved by Sir Chris Hoy. Coaching experts from British Cycling advised MPs on how to improve their pedalling technique and achieve a winning distance.

Whilst cooling down on the watt bike, parliamentarians were informed on how to access funding and how projects in their constituency can work with us. Every MP whose constituency has benefited from funding received tailored funding information and maps about how and where the funding is being used.

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