OLYMPIC fever has gripped South Lakeland and hopes are high that the enthusiasm for London 2012 can be transformed into a lasting legacy.

Sports clubs have reported an increase in membership as Team GB proves inspirational with its biggest medal haul since 1908.

Susan Goodfellow of Carnforth Otters swimming club said there had been a 10 per cent boost in numbers over the last couple of months, with 26 new swimmers signing up.

“It has been a tremendous increase for the club,” she said. “We have had a mixture of people coming down, from adults to parents with young children who say they have been so motivated by the Olympics they want to train with us.”

Richard Johnson, Partnership Operations Manager at Active Cumbria, said: “It is absolutely wonderful and fantastic that the Games have been so inspirational.

“The Olympic legacy is already being delivered with a vast range of programmes and funding.

“Lottery funding coming into Cumbria is really helping to take the legacy forwards. And the funding is set to last for the next three years so there is a real chance here to build for the future.”

Lydia Wolstenholme, Marketing Manager at Lakes Leisure reported a success in special Olympics programmes over the summer.

“It is great to see local people being inspired by the fabulous performance of Team GB,” she said.

“We are really looking forward to seeing lots of new faces trying out different sports at ourt facilities.”

Triumphs in the water for Great Britain’s rowing team have inspired an influx of novices eager to take up the oars.

John Knox from Lakeland Rowing Club said: “We have had quite a number of people interested in starting rowing.

“We certainly hope to build on the interest.

“A lot of our members row recreationally but a couple compete around the country so there are plenty of opportunities.”