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Olympic star Jonathan Edwards at East Yorkshire venue

Jonathan Edwards
Image caption As part of his visit Edwards took his first ride on a horse

Triple-jump gold medallist Jonathan Edwards CBE has visited an Olympic training venue in East Yorkshire.

Bishop Burton College near Beverley will be a training centre for the Great Britain pentathlon team in 2012.

Edwards, who won gold at Sydney in 2000, was in the region in his role as part of the organising committee for the London games.

The college spent £3m in 2009 building specialist equestrian facilities, including an indoor arena.

It has provided a training base for the British equestrian team over the last few years. College principal Jeanette Dawson said the Olympic involvement was a boost for the region.

"We've had all levels of coaching for the British equestrian team here, including training the coaches," she said.

"Having the British team has been superb and for Yorkshire I think that's amazing."

The college will now supply support for the modern pentathlon squad, an event that consists of swimming, fencing, pistol shooting, show-jumping and a 3km cross-country run. The sport was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who founded the modern Olympic games in 1896.

British women pentathletes have been successful in the last three Games. Stephanie Cook won a gold medal in 2000. Other squad members picked up a silver and two bronzes at Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

Edwards said he hoped the London Games would inspire local young people.

He said: "So many young people I think don't try. Or they look down on themselves and think they couldn't achieve anything.

"I think that the message of the Olympics is to try and make the best of yourself."

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