Gravesham schoolchildren awarded in Olympics “PRIDE” ceremony

PUBLISHED: 11:07 19 October 2012

George Penhaligan

George Penhaligan


Ten-year-old George Penhaligan was one of the many inspirational medallists at the Gravesham Schools’ Olympics “PRIDE” award ceremony.

The Cobham Primary pupil nearly died from meningitis a couple of years ago.

He missed school for half the year and lost many of his fingers and toes but thanks to a kidney transplant donated by his father he is on the road to recovery.

George was awarded a gold medal in the PRIDE Values Award Programme, which celebrates achievements by young people in the borough in both sport and their everyday lives.

Other winners included Harmeet Sahota, 7, who broke two British records in sport stacking; Megan Warner, 13, who became the fastest 1200m in the UK this year; and Amy Wight, 16, who took part in a special Olympics drama performance in front of Lord Sebastian Coe and Boris Johnson.

Olympic swimmer Chris Cook was the guest of honour at the ceremony, after giving expert swimming lessons during the day at several schools.

Meanwhile Gravesham council held an awards ceremony to thank more than 300 people who were key to the borough’s involvement in the London 2012 Games.

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