Excited Islington students catch Olympic fever

Olympic fever has been hotting up in Islington as schools hear which events some of their lucky pupils will get to attend and torch bearers were named.

Basketball, volleyball, football and Paralympic athletics were among the sports the students at Mount Carmel College for Girls will see.

The school, in Holland Walk, Archway was handed 120 tickets – around one for every seven pupils. Sports coordinator Annette Mclachlan said: “It’s a great opportunity for the girls. I was worried they were all going to be for football and we’d have to go to Coventry, where they are playing some of the matches. It was good to get a mix – although the opening ceremony would have been nice.”

Jennie Creffield, a coordinator at Samuel Rhodes School in Highbury New Park, Highbury, which landed 12 tickets for the basketball, said: “It’s going to be very exciting for our kids. I’m not sure who has the wonderful job of deciding who’s going to get them, but those who do will be fit to burst.”

A total of 65 Islington schools have been allocated 2,488 tickets in all, but many have yet to log on to a special website to check their hauls – and discover whether they have clinched the golden tickets to see Jamaican speed merchant Usain Bolt in the men’s 100m.


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The identities of the people set to carry the flame through the borough’s streets on July 26 were also revealed – but residents will have to wait a little longer to find out if the relay will make it down their road.

Though most of the route was revealed, the Islington section has been kept under wraps by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) for the time being.

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The 18 Islington torch bearers include Laura Arowolo, 21, a law student and former pupil of Acland Burghley School, in Burghley Road, Tufnell Park. She said: “It’s really exciting. I’ll get to carry it for about 200m. I’ll probably get really nervous, but hopefully I won’t fall over. I’m really passionate about the Games.”

Fellow Islington torch bearers include dance teacher Leanne Pero, 26, and fitness trainer Joe Girma, 26, while Arsenal’s Freddie Hudson, who manages the club’s community work, will carry the flame in Enfield. The 47-year-old, who has run Arsenal youth projects in Islington for 25 years, said: “It was an honour to be chosen and I’m really chuffed. I don’t know what to expect and I don’t relish the limelight, I must say, but it’s going to be a very proud moment.”

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