Young pushing to showcase talents
YOUNG people from Newham, the main Olympic host borough with 60 per cent of the sporting activities, are pushing to showcase their talents in the 2012 Games opening ceremony. They want to reveal to the world how the competition will transform the East E
YOUNG people from Newham, the main Olympic host borough with 60 per cent of the sporting activities, are pushing to showcase their talents in the 2012 Games' opening ceremony.
They want to reveal to the world how the competition will transform the East End.
Young Mayor Kaycee de Belen has written to ex-gold medal Olympian Seb Coe, who chairs the game's Organising Committee on behalf of the borough's future generation.
She has urged the chair to make the most of the wealth of young talent in Newham and "capitalise on their enthusiasm for the Games" by involving them in the official ceremonies.
Kaycee wrote: "The London 2012 bid promised a legacy of hope and opportunity for all: "London's vision is to reach young people all around the world. To connect them with the inspirational power of the Games."
"Local young people in Newham share your passion to see this vision achieved. The Games have raised aspirations and I regularly get asked what role young people will have during the 2012 Games, including the official ceremonies.
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"The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are due to be watched by the largest global television audiences in history. Here the world will form its perception of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"This is the time to spread our message that sport is for everyone, including the greatest sporting competition of our entire civilization."
Copies of her letter have also been sent to the committee's Chief Executive Paul Deighton, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell and London Mayor Boris Johnson.