Carrick pupil Gavin enjoys Olympic date

Gavin Mitchell with classmates. INPT38-204.
Gavin Mitchell with classmates. INPT38-204.

CARRICK Primary School pupil Gavin Mitchell was the envy of his classmates when he got so close to the Olympic flame that he could feel the heat from it.

Gavin (10) won the tickets through a draw in the school and his visit to the London 2012 Games tied in with a class project on Olympic and Paralympic values.

The Lurgan lad spent four days at the Paralympic Games with his dad Tom and brother James (11), who is a pupil at Lurgan Junior High.

Gavin, a keen footballer, cricketer and rugby player, said: “We were in the Olympic Stadium very, very close to the flame. You could feel the heat off it from where we were sitting.

“I saw one of the British athletes win gold and another win bronze, but I didn’t see any silvers.

“I also met some of the Mexican athletes and saw the Olympic and Paralympic mascots - Wenlock and Mandeville.”

Gavin’s teacher, Mrs Hamilton, said: “We held an Assembly on the Olympics and Paralympics which was led by Gavin. He spoke very well.

“It’s just a pity the Olympics all took place when we were off school, but at least when we got back in September the Paralympics were still on.”

She added: “We did a project on the Olympic and Paralympic values which we applied to the role of the P7s as Playground Pals. It’s an initiative we’ve been running for the last seven years where the P7s help to structure playground games during breaks.”

Gavin brought home some souvenirs from his Olympic experience for the classroom including an Olympic mascot for the class hamster.