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Petty Pool's Linda Downey meets Lord Coe in Olympic Park event
A PETTY Pool College Shining Light recently travelled to the Olympic Park in London to represent Cheshire for her role in supporting the Games’ legacy.
M.O.R.E project manager Linda Downey was nominated to take part in the event, organised by the Community Games, as Sport Cheshire recognised the Sandiway-based college’s role in representing the legacy – providing students the opportunity to participate in sporting activities sustained beyond 2012.
Linda met with Lord Sebastian Coe, who was present at the Copper Box to thank all the Shining Lights for their contribution to the Olympic year.
“It was amazing,” she said. “I was really proud of Petty Pool after lots of hard work.
“We’re proud to be making a big contribution and to be a shining light in the area.
“Lord Coe was really nice and very charming.”
Former boxer Barry McGuigan was also present to award the Shining Lights commemorative plaques.
A virtual torch relay took place, re-visiting 70 areas the Olympic flame passed through in 2012.
A Shining Light from each venue then attended the event in recognition of their work to support the Games and promote sport in their local areas.
“It was lovely,” added Linda. “It was only a month before that I found out I had got a nomination and it was a lovely day.”
The college delivered a Sport Makers Programme for 40 students who went on to organise a sports day for all those that attend Petty Pool.
The sports day was a massive success in 2012 and has now become an annual event in the college calendar.
The M.O.R.E project at Petty Pool College is a programme to help young people aged 18 to 25 with a learning disability to find long-term sustainable employment.
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