Children to design fence for Olympic cross-country course

  • Greenwich schoolchildren have been designing a special jump to form part of next year’s Olympic cross-country course.

    Nineteen schools across the London borough attended a workshop in June and have sent in 117 designs to the organisers LOCOG – five of which will make it on to the course.

    Cllr Chris Roberts, leader of Greenwich Council, said some “fantastic designs” had been submitted.

    The children were asked to come up with designs that sum up Greenwich for them. Their designs – which include the Millennium Dome and Greenwich landmarks – will be incorporated into the area around the jump, known as the jump zone.

    Ten-year-old Reece Page, from Wyborne Primary School, said: “We looked at pictures on the internet to get ideas and going to the test event was brilliant.

    “I’d be really proud if I saw my design on TV. I’d be shouting at my mum to come and look at it.”

    A judging panel, including LOCOG chairman Lord Coe, will select the five winning designs later this month.

    The designs will be adapted to be used as part of Sue Benson’s Olympic course.

    This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse and Hound (10 November, 2011)

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