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Student volunteers get ready to take part in the Paralympics 2012
16 students from Tanbridge House School who were selected as official Young Games Makers for the 2012 Paralympic Games are now gearing up to support the games when they begin on 29 August 2012.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) launched the Young Games Makers in a nationwide search to find over 2,000 16-18 year olds to help make the Games happen. These young people are official volunteers during the games and assist with duties such as retrieving balls, mopping floors and generally assisting with a variety of sporting events.
Tanbridge has developed a strong reputation over the past year for delivering opportunities to its students surrounding the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, following an Olympic Day with Lord Sebastian Coe in May 2011 and a follow up Paralympic Day with visits and coaching sessions from a range of 2012 Paralympic Hopefuls.
Over 80 Tanbridge students applied for the 16 Young Games Maker places and the chosen 16 had to attend an interview and take part in team building activities as part of the final selection process. Following this, it was announced that Tanbridge had been selected as official Young Games Makers for the 2012 Sitting Volleyball Paralympic events – great news considering that Tanbridge were already supporting and working closely with Emma Wiggs, Captain of the women’s Sitting Volleyball GB team, in her pursuit of success at the Paralympics Games 2012.
The team from Tanbridge have participated in training at school and put this into practice at competitions. Student’s main roles will be ball boys/ball girls and “moppers” for the competitors.
Jules White, Headteacher, said: “I am delighted that our efforts to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games have been rewarded with this fantastic opportunity. Everyone connected to the school is excited about the London Games and we are also looking forward to continuing to support Olympic Hopefuls such as Mark Hawkins, Handball, Seb Tresize, Discus and Emma Wiggs, GB Sitting Volleyball.
We have also been supported superbly by our Primary School partners in fundraising activities and an Olympic Poster Competitions.”
Laura Vizor, one of the lucky students chosen to be a Young Games Maker, said: “I am very proud and honoured to be Part of the Young Games Makers. It is a fantastic achievement for the team from Tanbridge House School and I know we will all enjoy and learn from the experience.”