Golden girls Helen Glover and Ruta Meilutyte join campaign to rid the world of polio
Westcountry Olympians have thrown their weight behind an on-going global campaign to rid the world of polio.
Penzance rower Helen Glover and Plymouth swimmer Ruta Meilutyte have signed up to the Rotary Club's World Polio Day, held today.
Former PE teacher Helen, 26, started Britain's "Golden Games" summer, winning Team GB's first gold medal in women's pairs rowing.
Lithuanian Ruta, who attends Plymouth College, made her name in the women's 100-metre breaststroke when she struck gold.
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The athletes have joined Plymouth divers Tom Daley and Tonia Couch, who lent their support to the campaign in 2011. Other Plymouth Leander Swimming Club Olympians, where Ruta trains, are also backing the bid, including Antony James, Jade Howard, Jamila Lunkuse and Hazal Sarikaya.
Plymouth Albion's Canadian internationals Aaron Carpenter and Sean-Michael Stephen are also on board as well as Welsh Rugby 7s player Rhodri McAtee and Cornish Pirates players Grant Pointer and Jonny Bentley.
Rotarians across the world have been working for years to eradicate the debilitating disease with their Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985 but the fight continues to vaccinate children in poor countries against the virus.