Oakgrove kids for Olympics

Students from Derry's Oakgrove Integrated College who will form a guard of honour as athletes make their way into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 games.

Students from Derry's Oakgrove Integrated College who will form a guard of honour as athletes make their way into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 games.

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Students from Derry’s Oakgrove Integrated College will form a guard of honour as athletes make their way into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 games.

During the athletes’ procession from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium, the students will form part of a 2,000 student guard of honour lining the route.

The students have been preparing to provide a vibrant and diverse welcome for athletes competing at the Games.

They are already learning about the cultures and athletes of Spain and Jordan as part of their celebrations for London 2012 World Sport Day taking place later this month.

World Sport Day will see schools celebrating how sport can bring the cultures of the world together.

Oakgrove Integrated College have been selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme, and is one of only ten schools from Northern Ireland which have been selected.

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.’

Gareth Gallagher, one of the participating Oakgrove students, said “It’s a great honour to have been asked to represent Oakgrove at the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games. I have a real passion for sailing and I am looking forward to seeing some of my sailing heroes, like Ben Ainslie or Paul Goodison. That would give me inspiration when I take part in the GP14 World Championships in Cornwall in August.”

As well as having the opportunity to cheer on the world’s best athletes and be part of a global moment, the students will also get the exciting chance to tour the Olympic Park and see some of the London 2012 venues.