PAUL Thorburn watched the curtain fall on the IPC European Championships at Sketty Lane — then declared Swansea had passed its test as hosts with flying colours.
An enthusiastic crowd saw Wales's Aled Davies claim gold for Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the final day, rounding off a successful championship for the home side.
And Mr Thorburn, chairman of the Swansea 2014 organising committee, reckons the host city also shone brightly.
"The feedback we have had from the IPC and some of their commercial partners has been hugely positive," said the former Wales rugby captain.
"They've said the week has been an outstanding success.
"To have that kind of endorsement from organisations that include the likes of BP reflects well on the city and on the team who have pulled it all together."
Watching as the final action unfolded, Mr Thorburn continued: "We've been largely fortunate with the weather, while the venue has been excellent.
"Athletes will have found the logistical benefits of having a facility close to the accommodation in the university a huge plus. It's been nice and compact and has meant we haven't had people scattered around the city."
The five-day event attracted significant crowds and was acclaimed by Olympic greats Jonathan Edwards and Lynn Davies, plus Tanni Grey-Thompson, an icon of Paralympic sport.
Games' economy boost
A £1.4 MILLION boost to the Swansea Bay economy is expected from the IPC European Championships.
And regeneration consultant Lawrence Bailey thinks the projection is continuing proof of Swansea's appeal for sporting events and a visitor destination.
"There will have been a lot of advance spending," he said. "With 37 nations there will have been a lot of hotel occupancy. There will have been a local spend. There will have been specialist transport requirements, logistical costs and even supplying bottled water for every competitor."
Mr Bailey, who runs White Rock Consulting in the city, added: "Swansea's portrayal as a venue has taken a huge leap forward as a result of these games. I think people forget that there has been a long-standing attachment to athletics with the old Morfa Stadium. I have talked to organisers and sponsors and they say it has been a showcase, not just for the sport, but in terms of organisation."
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