School children help to herald the Olympics
Published 25 July 2012
School children joined Olympic rower, Toby Garbett, the Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell, and LOCOG’s Head of Education, Nick Fuller, at an awards ceremony last week.
More than 150 people took part in the Ealing Get Set Challenge Awards on Tuesday 17 July. The event celebrated the start of the London Olympics and encouraged children to eat healthily and be more active.
Get Set is the official London 2012 educational programme. The Ealing Get Set Challenge ran alongside this and was specially designed to help boroughs primary, secondary and special schools to countdown to the 2012 Olympics and be inspired by its values. It was organised by Ealing Council, the Ealing Public Health team, the boroughs School Sports Partnerships and individual schools.
Ealing school children took part in a series of challenges linked to the Olympic values of friendship, respect, determination, inspiration and courage. They received gold, silver or bronze awards depending on how many they completed. Eighteen schools collected awards on the night.
Schools were also challenged to compose their own Olympic Anthem. Wolf Fields Primary School in Southall was judged to have composed the best song.
Councillor Bell said: The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to get involved with sport and take steps to a healthy lifestyle and these young people are showing us how it can be done.
I am aiming to cycle 2012 miles this year as part of my own Get Set challenge. So far, I have clocked up 1450 miles and can speak personally of the many benefits of being active.
I would also like to congratulate the children from Wolf Fields who composed a really fantastic Olympics anthem. Well done to everyone.