Try Olympic sports in west London

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Photography: Gary Knight

Has Team GB’s Olympic success got you pulling on your trainers, zipping up your wetsuit and grabbing a racket? Whether you reckon you could give Sir Steve a run for his money in a rowing boat or just fancy dipping a toe into a new sport, go for gold with our pick of west London’s best sporting venues.

Brush up on that backhand and sharpen your spin at the Paddington Sports Club with its ten all-weather courts. There are leagues appropriate for all levels of tennis player, and the club even organizes its own tournament for members. Not quite match-ready? Contact one of their coaches for a one-on-one session.

If you’re fed up of feeling like the Lone Ranger when out on your evening jog, meet Run Dem Crew West (RDC), an offshoot of the super-popular Shoreditch Run Dem Crew. Following the mantra that many legs are better than none, this Paddington-based group meet every Monday for routes around Westminster. Choose from groups including the slow and steady Tortoises, the Lycra-clad Greyhounds or the marathon-ready Cheetahs.

Learn to row at the Auriol Kensington Rowing Club in Hammersmith who welcome beginners throughout the year and promise a ‘relaxed introduction to the sport’ with sessions both on and off the water.

If Britain’s first ever dressage gold medal has spurred you on to saddle up, try the West London Stables, which offers both children’s and adult lessons from their location under the Westway Flyover. You can even take a hack out on the nearby Wormwood Scrubs park.

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