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Pupils picture essence of the Olympic Games

PUBLISHED: 14:55 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:17 23 August 2010

YOUNG artists will have their work projected onto a building in the town centre as part of a competition to mark the 1,000-day countdown to the London Olympics, writes Ed Riley. Johnathan Coggan, who has competed in Rugby in both the Beijing and Athens P

YOUNG artists will have their work projected onto a building in the town centre as part of a competition to mark the 1,000-day countdown to the London Olympics, writes Ed Riley.

Johnathan Coggan, who has competed in Rugby in both the Beijing and Athens Paralympics, presented the winners with certificates at the Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, last Thursday.

More than 1,200 youngsters between five and 19-years-old from across the borough entered the 1,000 ring competition, in which they were asked to transform a drawn ring into something that inspires them for the countdown to the Games in 2012.

The winning designs will be displayed on the side of the old bingo hall in New Road, Gravesend for the next two weeks. Mr Coggan, 26, from Chelmsford, who has ambitions of competing for Great Britain in Rugby at London 2012, said: "It's just fantastic that people are getting involved in the Olympics like this.

"It gets the youngsters thinking about the Games, and getting inspired and enthusiastic about them is just what we need."

Eight winners were chosen, and the entries were judged by Cabinet Member for Young Gravesham, Laura Hryniewicz, the Mayor of Gravesham Bronwen McGarrity and London 2012 hopeful Rebecca Donnelly, from Gravesham Amateur Boxing Club.

Miss Donnelly said: "I thought some of the designs were really great, you could see that they had put a lot of time into their work.

"This type of competition is great because it gets the kids involved, and will help inspire them and, maybe, get some of them involved in 2012 in two years' time."

The overall winner was Kayleigh Rowe, from Shears Green Junior School.

The winners for each category were Rita Costa from Shears Green Infant School for the under eights, Adam Davis of Shorne Primary School for the nine to 12-years-olds, and joint winners Josie Hassell from Meopham School Sports College and Amy Noughton from St Johns Comprehensive school in the 13 to 19-year-old category.

Casey Allen from Kings Farm Primary, Lucy Smith from St Joseph's RC Primary School, Adam Davis from Shorne Primary School and Catherine Rye from St John's Comprehensive were all highly commended.

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