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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 15:14 GMT
Olympic babies shun bright lights
Denise Lewis with Olympic babies
300 babies are registered to take part in the London Olympics
Babies promised a starring role in the 2012 Olympics proved reluctant to take the limelight on their first birthday.

To promote London's bid, babies born on 20 December last year were given the chance to be part of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Games.

Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, herself four months pregnant, met six of them on their birthday at a photo call at a central London store.

Dressed in 2012 T-shirts, most seemed keen though to make a quick getaway.

About 300 out of 1,500 newborns are registered for the 2012 Children's Promise - which aimed to ensure children would be inspired by the Games.


"These are special babies for a special event," said Ms Lewis, a former heptathlon Olympic champion.

"If you remember in Singapore when we won the Games our key message was about inspiring children around the world and why not start by inspiring children from our own patch.

"I was about eight when I was inspired by sport, these children will be about seven when the Games begin and what a special experience that will be for them."

Joff Wilson, 27, from Hackney, east London, is celebrating his wedding anniversary to wife Victoria, and daughter Maisie's first birthday.

"It is something to look forward to. I would not generally think to go to an Olympics, but obviously we will make an effort with it being in England and in our own back yard," he said.

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