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Young film makers to have film shown at 2012 Olympics
Swimmer on the starting blocks at the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swiiming Club
The film looks at how swimming has helped young people with disabilities

A short film made by a group of young people in Colchester is to be screened at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

The documentary called 'Phoenix' about the Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club won the opportunity at the Film Nations: Shorts awards in December.

It was made by members of the club for swimmers with disabilities, with help from the Signals Media Arts Centre.

The two-and-a-half minute film will be shown at various venues in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

In addition to the screening, the teenagers will also take part in a 3D film-making masterclass at Pinewood Studios.

One of the team, Liam Cooke, was excited at the prospect of the film being seen by tens of thousands of people.

It was probably one of the proudest days of my life going to the awards ceremony
Lisa Wright, Signals Media Arts Centre

"[It's] really cool, it makes me feel like I am playing a small part in this massive event," said the 15-year-old.

He added it had been a great opportunity to highlight the work of the swimming club.

"I like Phoenix because it enables me to get involved in a sport where I can stay fit and meet, train and compete with other people with a whole range of disabilities from all over the country," he said.

"I like the fact that as soon as we get in the pool we are judged on our ability not disability."

The youngsters worked with Lisa Wright, education co-ordinator with the Colchester-based Signal Media Arts Centre.

"It's amazing. It was probably one of the proudest days of my life going to the awards ceremony and seeing something that I was involved in up on the screen," she said.

The film makers from Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club
The group scripted, narrated and filmed the documentary

"Just knowing that we've made a good film that other people recognise as being something to be proud of was the best feeling in the world."

As well as fronting and narrating the film, the group also filmed, directed and produced of the film.

"They were very much involved. I know Liam and Jack [Copping] in particular would go home and storyboard ideas for shots," said Lisa.

"They were the ones who would say 'we could do a really good shot like this over here' but it was quite difficult because they were training the whole time."

The film is one of many that have been chosen to be shown at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games through the Film Nation: Shorts for people aged 14-25 years old.

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