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* I AM sure that, like me, you're really looking forward to London hosting the Olympic Games in July.

With less than six months to go, our athletes are training hard as they prepare to represent their country in what is being dubbed as the biggest year for British sport.

I've been working with the GB Rowing Team and helping to recruit participants for The Nation on Trial challenge.

This event runs throughout February and is a great opportunity for everyone in the Midlands to experience what the GB rowers go through as they battle for selection for the 2012 season.

HELP: Pinsent Take part and you'll feel healthier, reduce your risk of having a stroke and help raise money for The Stroke Association.

You could also win a behindthe-scenes day with me at the Olympic rowing venue.

Nation on Trial runs until February 29, and you can find out more at website www.nationontrial.

org.Sir MATTHEW PINSENT CBE I AM always amazed and delighted to hear of the wonderful achievements of stroke survivors.

My darling wife of 43 years is herself a stroke survivor, which is why we are both supporters of The Stroke Association and the annual Life After Stroke Awards, which not only recognise the courage and determination people have shown in their recoveries but also the unselfish support that carers and volunteers provide.

and Corbett You may know somebody who has demonstrated outstanding courage and determination rebuilding their life after stroke. I'm asking you to do something wonderful for someone really special, and nominate them for an award.

Strokes can happen to people of all ages and the award categories recognise courage across different age groups. I've heard some truly inspirational stories and would nominate them all if I could. Nominations close on February 24 and you can get more information by visiting or calling 01527 908 911.



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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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