THE launch of the Olympics 2012 took place in Linlithgow this week.
Schools across the Linlithgow area are coming together to take part in their own Olympic extravangaza to tie in with the international event in London next year.
Plans were unveiled on Monday at Linlithgow Academy with project mastermind Lesley Malone and a wealth of local talent. Five award winning dancers from the Marion Sweeney School of Dance in Linlithgow were there to inspire those taking part.
Andrew Miller, education councillor, said: “The Linlithgow Olympics will capture the excitement of the games and increase participation in sporting activities within the community. It has so many different strands to it and there’s a real sense of community spirit that bring together pupils from across Linlithgow.”
Each primary and secondary school has a country to investigate for the year and represent in the Olympic and Paralympic Games on May 9, 2012. Hosts Linlithgow Academy are representing Great Britain and other adopted countries include Kenya, Jamaica and Greece. Successful performances will be rewarded with medals and points, and an Olympic Cup will be awarded to the overall winner. Individual country’s progress, reports and pictures, will be posted on the official Olympics Blog.
An Olympic Torch, crafted by Ballantine Foundry, Bo’ness, will be the focus of the Torch Relay Challenge beginning in February with staff and pupils, in advance of May’s opening ceremony at Linlithgow Rose football grounds. Organisers are eagerly appealing to local organisations for funds to make the event a success - if you can help contact Lesley Malone on firstname.lastname@example.org