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From 1948 to 2012: London's Olympics in the frame

The Vault project short film on 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Students from the five Olympic host boroughs produced a series of short films about the 2012 Games

The aim of the VAULT documentaries was to allow young people aged between 14 and 19 living in the five host Olympic boroughs the opportunity to capture the spirit of the Games.

They produced five short films looking at various aspects of Olympic and Paralympic life through the eyes of athletes past, present and future.

The VAULT project is led by Tower Hamlets Council and aims to join together different sections of the community - including young people, the elderly and athletes of all ages.

It has been funded by Tower Hamlets Council's 2012 Unit, the London Development Authority and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.



2012 Lives: Conversations on Technology

2012 lives: Conversations on Technology

The film explores the use of modern technology in sport and compares the training routines of 1948 Olympic gymnast, George Weedon with that of aspiring 2012 athlete, Peter Bakare.

George believes that too much emphasis is put on using fancy machines and athletes need to use more traditional methods of training.


2012 Lives: Running Thoughts

2012 lives: Running Thoughts

Meet John Parlett the 800m runner from the 1948 Olympics and aspiring 2012 sprinter Rikki Fifton as they discuss the pressures of competing on a world stage.

John says that he never felt any pressure leading up to the 1948 Olympics as he had already served in the Royal Air Force, Rikki on the other hand is keen that his training isn't in vain.


2012 Lives: 4812

2012 Lives: 4812

Dorothy Parlett is a 100m silver medallist from the 1948 Olympics. Leevan Yearwood and Perris Shakes-Drayton are sprinters both hopeful of making it to London 2012.

Watch as they talk about the pressures of competing. Perris and Dorothy also talk about the sprinting has changed for women over the years.


2012 Lives: Wheelchair rugby

2012 Lives: Wheelchair rugby

Andrew Barrow is a former rugby union player who after suffering a spinal cord injury decided to take up wheelchair rugby.

Andrew talks about how wheelchair rugby helped in his recovery and now is a major part of his life as he and his team-mates aspire to make an impact in 2012. Andrew believes, "it's important Paralympians are recognised as athletes with a disability rather than disabled people having a go at sport. "


2012 Lives: The Ripple Effect

2012 Lives: The Ripple Effect

Peter Elliot and Robert Collins talk about their time in the 1948 Olympics. Peter was an Olympic diver and Robert was in the rowing team.

Both talk about the dedication needed to compete in the Games and how training techniques and how just having the opportunity to take part was special honour.




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