A Royal Reception for School Games Competitors
A group of medal winning competitors from the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games had a once in a lifetime opportunity today, to meet His Royal Highness Prince Harry at a reception at Clarence House. They were joined by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Olympic gold medallists Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener, Paralympian Ade Adepitan and Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith.
24 young people who competed at the Games in May were invited to attend a special reception at Clarence House to celebrate their achievements.
The Sainsbury's 2012 School Games, which was delivered by the Youth Sport Trust and funded by Government and National Lottery funding through Sport England, took place at four Olympic venues including the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome, Aquatics Centre and excel Centre. 1,600 young people took part in the event across 12 sports, which was attended by more than 35,000 spectators.
Harry, who is president of the School Games urged the promising youngsters to aim for success at the next Olympics in Brazil. The Prince said: "Because of your achievements, you have become role models - not just for your friends at school but for the next generation of British athletes. I urge you to pick up the torch - or, in Jeremy Hunt's case, the bell - and I expect to see your faces again when you stand on the podium at Rio and beyond."
Harry said he hoped one of the legacies of London 2012 would be for Olympic athletes to "inspire future generations to take up sport". He added: "Every one of you here today are now the leaders of that legacy, whether you like it or not. Harry then joked: "Hopefully you'll grow and grow and grow and become very famous and we can beat China."
Jermaine, from Chingford, north east London, who won gold in the 200m and 4x100m at the School Games and who is currently volunteering at the Olympics, said that meeting the Prince was a "great experience".
He said: "Harry's a really friendly guy. He said he was looking forward to seeing me in 2016."