Olympic fun for Sheffield schoolchildren

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Community-spirited Sheffield children had a VIP guest at their school sports day - after winning a contest held as part of the London 2012 Olympic build-up.

Parents of the pupils from Emmaus Catholic and Church of England Primary School, on Manor Lane, cheered on the youngsters alongside Olympic mascot Mandeville after the youngsters won the competition Get Set To Meet Your Mascots.

Hundreds of primary schools across the country took part in the competition by taking part in a project to find out about their local area and change the official mascots to represent something that is special about their community. The 23 shortlisted finalists attended the national final in London and toured the Olympic Park before presenting their ideas to the judging panel.

The judges included Olympic Diving silver medallist Leon Taylor and Wheelchair Basketball paralympian Clare Strange.

And the Emmaus Primary children were chosen as the winners for the Yorkshire area.

Mandeville cheered on the children from the sidelines as they competed in the athletics arena at the English Institute of Sport.

Wendy McLaren, teacher at Emmaus Primary School, said: “It was fantastic for the children to hold their sports day at such an incredible venue but even better to have the 2012 mascot Mandeville there too.

“It was a real inspiration for our pupils.”

Mandeville and the second Olympic mascot Wenlock, are continuing their tour of British schools to encourage youngsters to participate in sport.