Team Bath to celebrate international Olympic Day

14 June 2011

The University of Bath will host a sporting celebration on behalf of the British Olympic Foundation to celebrate International Olympic Day.

Building on the International Olympic Committee’s three pillars of Move, Learn and Discover,  the day for Bath and North East Somerset secondary school students will incorporate an Olympic Day Run, a sports festival to discover new skills, a junior academy for students to learn and debate Olympic themes and an art display.

More than 400 young people will attend the event at the Sports Training Village on the Friday 24 June.

Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games gold medal winning swimmer Liz Johnson will get proceedings underway with an opening parade at 9.30am.

Activities will take place throughout the day with the Olympic Day Run at 12.30pm, featuring a 3km run for under-16s and a 5km run for adults.

The Olympic Day Run will be started by Amy Williams, Bath’s Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games skeleton gold medallist. It is open to participants from the local community. If you would like to take part, please contact Greg Sharp to register.

Kate Grey, Beijing Paralympic swimmer, will be inspiring the young junior academy participants with her 2008 experiences. The young people taking part will debate and discuss how the Olympic Games can be an inspiration and the support needed to achieve those aspirations.

To celebrate Olympic Day, the International Olympic Committee encourages everyone to take part in some form of physical activity all over the world. Over four million participants on five continents took part last year and over 75 per cent of participants were under the age of 24.

For further information members of the media can contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518.

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