SCHOOLCHILDREN from Sheffield have been chosen to form a guard of honour in London ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The youngsters, from Darnall’s Phillimore Community and Handsworth Grange primary schools, will line the route used by athletes to get from the Olympic Park into the main stadium for the ceremony on Friday, July 27.
The groups will join youngsters from 249 other schools from across the UK to make up the 2,000-student guard of honour, holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams.
Phillimore will be welcoming the Montenegro team and have been learning more about the country’s culture and athletes.
Pupil Owen Starkey, aged 10, said: “It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and when I was chosen I was shocked and excited.”
Fellow Year Five pupil Aansa Naeem, also 10, said: “I think we’re very lucky to be going to the Olympics, and with all the learning we’ve been doing about the Olympics, I’m glad we can go to support the athletes of Montenegro.”
Angela Wild, headteacher, said: “Children throughout the school are taking part in lots of different Olympic sports this week.
“Some of the older children will be sports leaders for younger children from other schools, and two classes will be attending the National Eco-schools Conference.”
Sheffield-born Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 organising committee, said: “For athletes, the guard of honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the athletes’ parade.”