Eight children from Lydiard Park Academy have been selected to line the route as athletes make their way through the Olympic Park into the Olympic Stadium, for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July.
The pupils will come from only 204 schools across Britain, one each for the competing countries. Lydiard Park Academy will be supporting Georgia and have been asked to design lanterns and banners promoting ‘their’ country.
Altogether there will 10,500 athletes and for the many taking part in the ceremony it will be a chance to connect with the young people of Britain.
Youngsters at the school have been learning about the cultures and athletes of the Georgia team as part of their preparations for the ceremony.
The Swindon academy has been selected through the reward and recognitionof the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme. They have demonstrated a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values and incorporating them into their school lives and curriculum.
LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe said: "The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will continue to show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games. For athletes, the Guard of Honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the Athletes’ Parade."
As well as having the opportunity to cheer on the world’s best athletes and be part of a global moment, the school children will also get the exciting chance to tour the Olympic Park and see some of the London 2012 venues before the world turns its attention to Danny Boyle’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium later that day.
Lydiard Park Academy sports coordinator Andy Steckbeck said he was delighted for the children: "It’s a fantastic reward for the hard work they have put into the run up to the Olympics. Apart from engaging in their own individual sports, pupils have run Olympic days in all of West Swindon’s primary schools where children have taken part in a range of sports like fencing, archery and rowing as well as Para-Olympic activities such a botcha and goalball."
The Athletes’ Parade will see the participating teams enter the Stadium, nation by nation. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country and IOC protocol order, apart from the Greek team which enters first for the Olympic Games, and the team of the Host Nation (Team GB), who enter last.
It will be a long day for the pupils as they have to be at the Olympic Park in East London by midday and are unlikely to leave until 11pm.
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