Students’ brush with Olympics magic

South Molton youngsters go back to school with great tales to tell classmates.

LUCKY students returning to South Molton Community College have had some enviable tales to tell classmates about their once-in-a-lifetime brush with the magic of this summer’s Olympic Games.

A group from the college was selected to form part of the Guard of Honour to welcome visiting athletes from around the world to the Olympic Stadium.

The eight were chosen due to the college’s commitment and dedication to school sport and the message delivered to its students about the Olympics. Students designed a banner to welcome the Federated States of Micronesia the country the college was supporting alongside Team GB.

They enjoyed a tour of the Olympic Park before having lunch in the Copper Box Arena, where the handball was played.

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Students saw the athletes’ village and other key areas before forming the Guard of Honour in the evening.

A highlight of the evening was meeting Sir Chris Hoy, who took time out to sign autographs and chat with the students and staff.

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Richard Uffendell, head of the performing arts faculty, said: “It was a truly amazing day and one that the students and staff will never forget.”

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