Olympic gold medallist Lesley Law has urged the whole region to support London's successful bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games and described the success as "a fantastic result for London and great for sport."
London's bid came up on the rails to overtake the longtime favourites, Paris, and seal a 54 votes to 50 votes victory at the International Olympic Committee's general assembly in Singapore.
Law, who won equestrian gold at the Athens Olympics last year, believes that London's success will have a beneficial and far- reaching impact on sport in the Midlands.
The Midlands is blessed with a number of venues and facilities that could be used as training centres in the build-up to the 2012 games, by both British and foreign athletes. Law is in no doubt that the local economy will be only one of the many beneficiaries as a result of the decision taken by the IOC.
With respect to his own sport, Law believes that the 2012 games is great news for a sport that has been a proficient provider of medals over the years. The impact of home support has not been under-played by Law who says: "To compete in the Olympic Games is the pinnacle and to do it in front of your home crowd will be unbelievable."
When questioned about his own prospects of competing in seven years' time, Law, looking ahead expectantly as the Olympic's return to these shores for the first time since 1948, said: "All being well and with the necessary horse power."