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Cyclist Jason Kenny in Bolton leisure centre honour

Jason Kenny wins gold in the men's individual sprint at London 2012
Image caption Jason Kenny won gold in the men's individual sprint at London 2012

Olympic cycling double gold medallist Jason Kenny is set to have a leisure centre in his home town named after him.

Kenny bagged golds in the men's team sprint and the individual sprint at the London games earlier this month.

Now council officials have put forward a motion to mark the achievement by naming the leisure centre in the Bolton One complex the Jason Kenny Centre.

The motion is set to be approved by councillors at a meeting on 29 August.

The motion also asks for a local cycle trail to be named after Kenny, who won his first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

'Proud and inspirational'

The Bolton One centre opened earlier this year and contains a fitness suite, a community gym, dance and workout studio as well as a competition-standard swimming pool.

Kenny, who grew up in Farnworth, said: "As the saying goes 'home is where the heart is', so it's a real honour to have the leisure centre at the Bolton One complex named after me.

"I'm proud of being from Bolton, it is where I was born and bred, so to be recognised in this way by my home town is incredible."

Council leader Cliff Morris said: "Jason's spectacular gold medals were proud and inspirational moments for everyone in Bolton.

"Jason is a great sporting ambassador, an inspiration for young people across the borough, and we think this is a good way to honour his achievements.

"We want to build a strong Olympic legacy in his home town that will inspire generations to come and hope that his triumph will inspire young people to get active, use sporting facilities and aim for success."

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