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School Report: Land's End lights the way to London 2012

Cape Cornwall School Reporters with Jonathan Edwards at Land's End.
Cape Cornwall School Reporters with Jonathan Edwards at a misty Land's End.

By School Reporters Emily, Gabriel and Lewie
From Cape Cornwall School, Penzance

At 7:30am this morning, May 18th 2011, the Olympic Torch Relay route was announced at Land's End, Cornwall.

A year from now, the Olympic flame arrives in the UK after being lit by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece. On arrival, it will take a 70-day trip throughout the British Isles.

We were at Land's End on a typical Cornish morning (misty, wet and cold) to report on the announcement for BBC School Report, alongside BBC Breakfast News and local radio and TV reporters.

The 2012 Torch Relay logo
The 2012 Torch Relay logo

We were lucky enough to interview Jonathan Edwards, the British Olympic Triple Jump gold medallist and member of LOCOG (London Olympic Organising Committee of the Olympic Games).

He said that the torch was an inspirational symbol and that the relay was an opportunity for communities to come together.

Jonathan hopes that ordinary people, who had done something extraordinary, would get a chance to carry the torch to show that this is about everyone.

He said: "The majority of people who carry the torch here will be local people who have inspirational stories to tell in the same way the athletes themselves are inspirational. It very much makes the Games something for the whole of the UK not just where the events are due to be."

He also told us that half of the 8000 Olympic torchbearers will be 12-24 years old.

We spoke to two people who will be bearing the torch next year.

Amy, 14 from Mounts Bay School in Cornwall and Cassie from Northern Ireland both said that they had been nominated for the job of torchbearer because of their outstanding sportsmanship.

Cassie said: "I'm really excited and I'm happy because it's coming to Northern Ireland. Plus it's the closest thing we've got to the Olympics and I'm over the moon - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity"

And Amy, like us, is excited about the torch coming to Cornwall. She told us ''It is amazing because it starts at Lands End which is pretty much my home town and then to carry it in Cornwall will just be incredible and such an honour''.

Alec Robertson, Cornwall Council leader, and Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, told us that this was a fantastic opportunity for Cornwall too.

School Reporters Lewie and Gabriel being interviewed by a TV crew
Lewie and Gabriel were interviewees for the BBC as well reporters!

As Land's End is the starting point of the relay they hope it will attract lots of visitors and put Cornwall on the map. They also said the relay route was a national event but how each community celebrates is up to them.

The event got huge TV and radio press coverage from the BBC, ITV and other local reporters. It was exciting to be among them and report alongside them!

So we think the morning was well worth the early start and will be watching out for the torch coming to Cornwall next year!



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