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Meeting Mandeville, the Paralympic mascot

By Scott and Kinza, both 13
School Reporters, Lasswade High School, Midlothian

Paralympic mascot Mandeville
The Paralympic mascot Mandeville visited Lasswade School

On Tuesday 22 June, there was great excitement at Lasswade High School when we had a special visitor - the 2012 Paralympic mascot, Mandeville.

Mandeville is silvery blue with one eye in the middle of his head. His friend, the other 2012 mascot, is called Wenlock. They looked like creatures from space and there is a story about them each being forged from a piece of steel.

Mandeville represents the Paralympic ideals of courage and endeavour. He is a modern representation of the 2012 games.

The visit was part of our friendship agreement with Phahama Senior Secondary School in South Africa. Our school has linked with a South African school to promote international sport for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Mandeville gave out certificates and prizes to students who have helped to promote the values and meet students who have achieved excellence in sport.

Mandeville Behind Wenlock
Wenlock the Olympic mascot plays with Mandeville and school children

Our own Paralympian, Sean Fraser, who left Lasswade High in 2008, spoke to Primary and S1 pupils in assembly. He showed them his bronze Olympic swimming medal from the Beijing Games and spoke of the hours of training and dedication it takes to be an Olympian.

He encouraged pupils to strive for their dreams. Sean is training hard for the London 2012 Games. His talk was followed by a Judo demonstration.

Lasswade has a history of making Olympians. Another ex-student, Graeme Randall MBE, is a former world champion and competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

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