Fleetwood pupils Olympics-bound

Fleetwood High School's Interact members are heading to the London Paralympics as volunteers.
Fleetwood High School's Interact members are heading to the London Paralympics as volunteers.

PUPILS from Fleetwood High School are set to play a major role in the London Olympic Games this summer.

Members of the Fleetwood Interact group, the junior wing of the town’s Rotary Club, have been selected to be Young Games Makers at the Paralympic Games, which are running alongside the main games.

Their role will be to act as behind-the scenes volunteers in a wide variety of ways, both in the event’s technology department and across a number of sports.

After applying last year to volunteer for the event, the team were asked to attend a selection event at Canary Wharf in London on January 8.

This meant a 5am start in the Fleetwood High School minibus with drivers Robert Wright and Shaun MacNeill and group leader Justine Rainey.

The selection event took place on the 23rd floor of the Barclays Tower – giving a bird’s eye view of the Olympic Park and most of London.

Now they have been given the good news that their application passed muster!

Mr MacNeill, a retired assistant head of Fleetwood High who is also a member of the town’s Rotarians, said: “The activities included team tasks and a long interview with the leaders.

“It should come as no surprise that our Fleetwood young people were commended for their ability, friendliness and good manners, which delighted me.

“The team left in high spirits having enjoyed their day and feeling that they gave it their best shot.

“And last week we received the news that we had been successful and have been chosen to help the Paralympic events in the Excel arena close to the Olympic Park.

“It is wonderful news for everyone concerned with the Fleetwood effort.”

Next is a training day, again in London, in July and further days for uniform-fitting’ and final preparations.

Mr MacNeill added: “To have been chosen to take part in this once in a lifetime event is a great honour and a further example of the excellence of the young people of Fleetwood.

“Our next step is to begin to help pay for the transport costs down to London, along with our accommodation expenses.

“But whatever happens Fleetwood will be represented at the Games – helping paralympic athletes from across the world!”

A statement from the Young Gamesmaker project says: “When we won the bid to host the London 2012 Games, we made a promise to inspire more young people to choose sport.

“One of the ways we can do this is through volunteering.

“This is a golden opportunity for young people to get involved in the greatest show in earth – while learning new skills and making friends.”