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Olympics: Flintshire schools torch relay reaches conclusion

AS the London 2012 Olympic torch relay prepares to launch nationwide on May 19, Flintshire’s own torch relay reached its spectacular finale last week.

After a 176-day journey taking a whole school year and after giving more than 15,000 pupils the opportunity to carry the torch from their school to a neighbouring one – Flintshire’s unique torch crossed its finish line at the Flintshire Festival of Youth Sport.

The Flintshire Olympic torch, designed and created by Airbus apprentices at Deeside College, travelled to every infant, primary, secondary and specialist school across Flintshire via a means of physical activity, to promote the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its values among local youngsters.

Pupils could either walk, jog or cycle the torch from school to school – with assistance provided by teachers, walk leaders, local police and Sport Flintshire – en route to the festival finale, which attracted more than 2,000 school pupils itself.

Flintshire’s Platinum Young Ambassador Steve Thomas, chairman of Wales’ Young Ambassador Steering Group, organised the project.

He said: “The torch relay project has been a huge success and been endorsed by local MPs and Olympic athletes such as Dame Kelly Holmes and Flintshire’s very own Jade Jones.

“We have used the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage more young people in Flintshire to take up sport and physical activity.

“Getting every child hooked on sport is one of the key aspirations of Sport Wales and the impact that the torch relay has had amongst pupils, schools and communities has definitely helped us go one step closer to achieving this aspiration in Flintshire.”

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