‘I’ve lived in Hackney for twenty-five years, in that time I’ve seen Hackney being transformed’
‘It’s satisfying to see the children achieve … we have become the top borough in sailing’
‘Years ago lots of companies had table tennis tables set up for their workers … Youngs was a joinery factory’
‘I hope when the Olympics finish there will be a legacy … that local people in the boroughs can benefit’


Project participants


Road to 2012: A Local Story highlights east London perspectives on the changing landscape and the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the area. Members of local sports and community groups in the 2012 Games host boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham and Greenwich share their thoughts, hopes and aspirations.

Audio recordings of project participants are supported by documentary photography by east London photographer Katherine Green. The project features Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre on the Isle of Dogs, Youngs Table Tennis Group in Abbey Wood, the East London Wheelchair Athletics Club in Mile End, the Royal London Society for the Blind in Tower Hamlets, Branches homeless shelter in Waltham Forest, East London Disability Swim Group at London Fields Lido, Blackheath Fencing Club and Aston-Mansfield community centre. All project recordings and images can be found on this website by searching the Participate timeline.