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Wednesday 26 September Updated Thursday 19 February

Ohuruogu shares Hammers' vision

Christine Ohuruogu was a special guest at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday to see West Ham United snatch a dramatic last-minute equaliser against Sunderland.

Ohuruogu won the silver medal in the 400m at London's 2012 Olympic Games and she now hopes Team GB's achievements can inspire the next generation of potential stars. The 28-year-old was brought up in Newham so she can appreciate how important it is to once again having a Barclays Premier League football team working in the local community.

"I have really enjoyed my summer, it is great for me to compete in Stratford and then be able to come and watch Premier League football here at the Boleyn Ground," she said.

"It is really great to have a Premier League football team doing well in the area, it really does boost the community and everybody's emotions. It is great that sport can do that. It is a real testament to how east London is developing through sport and how it is really at the forefront in the world of sport at the moment.

"The last few months have been intense and although it was great to win it doesn't really stop once the games are finished."

West Ham United, through the work of their award-winning Community Sports Trust, have already been working hard at offering coaching and job opportunities to youngsters in the area and now the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist is keen to mirror that kind of commitment as she looks to give back to the community that helped shape her.

"It is great that we are really helping to bring the next generation through and give them something positive to aspire to. We have an unwritten obligation as athletes to drive the next generation.

"It is so often a problem with young people, particularly in London, that they haven't really had anyone to aspire to, so hopefully we have done that or we are on our way."

Ohuruogu also expressed her desire to consider using her passion for sport to coach youngsters once she decides to hang up her running spikes.

"I am on my break now so I do not really want to see a running track," joked Ohuruogu. "But I am really hoping that once the season starts I can go in and show the youngsters what I have learnt.

"The Olympics really have brought a huge momentum, not just to sport but to achieving positive change and positive thinking, that we really need to jump on that momentum and keep it going.

"It is useful, it is not something that only happens once every four years or for just two weeks in London, we really can use this to change everybody's lives."

Moore Than a Football Club

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