London 2012: Newham youngsters graduate as Olympics ‘Games Makers’

08:00 20 April 2012

Young leaders: Deborah Ayodele, Darren Harris of the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, Nikita Sunkari, Fallak Tabassum, Huong (Hally) Nguyen

Young leaders: Deborah Ayodele, Darren Harris of the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, Nikita Sunkari, Fallak Tabassum, Huong (Hally) Nguyen

Archant

Youngsters from Newham marked the end of two-year training programme designed to prepare them for roles at the Olympic Games.

A ceremony, hosted by Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards, was held at the British Museum to celebrate their achievements.

Over the last two years, the leaders have volunteered for the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust at BP headquarters at Canary Wharf and have received leadership and job coaching to become ‘Games Makers’.

They were picked for the scheme on the basis that they were unlikely to have access to other such opportunities because of their social and economic status.

Hally Nguyen, 18, from Newham, was one of the young people to graduate at the ceremony.

She said: “London 2012 is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have learned so much in the Young Leaders programme and really come out of my shell.

“During the Games I’ll be working in accreditation. I really look forward to meeting people from all over the world. Oscar Pistorius is a special hero of mine.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The inicdent took place near Station Road and Ranelagh Road in Harlesden (Photo: Google StreetView)

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in Harlesden last night.

Monday, June 29, 2015
The trial continues at the Old Bailey

A woman accused of killing a suspected paedophile has denied stabbing him but admitted to “poking” him with a knife following a confrontation, a court heard today.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Protesters at an earlier anti-austerity demo in Berlin in March (Photo: Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Owen Jones, Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn and Green MP Caroline Lucas are all at a rally in Trafalgar Square to show solidarity with Greece this evening.

Monday, June 29, 2015
Police want to speak to this man about the schoolgirl's 'frightening' ordeal (Photo: BTP)

Police are hunting a pervert who groped a 15-year-old girl on her way to school - and even followed her when she changed lines.

Monday, June 29, 2015

South Kensington Tube station was evacuated and a police cordon put up this afternoon due to a ‘security alert’.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more
£100 worth of pet goodies up for grabs!

Animal lovers rejoice! It’s time to treat your pooch or spoil your kitty with a hamper worth £100 from Feedem.

Read more