Ten Young Ambassadors have attended a reception held for the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards held at Downing Street, where some of the most famous names in the world of sport gathered ahead of the ceremony.
Saoirse Chinery-Edoo, Bethany Shaw, Jordan Duckitt, Jess Jones, Will Finnie, Harry Townsend, Fadumo Olow, Jack Barton, Adam Kavanagh and Farhaad Husaain, met with the Prime Minster, David Cameron, to discuss their role as Young Ambassadors and the impact school sport has played in their development as a young person.
The reception, which took place in one of the state rooms at Number 10 yesterday, was alive with Olympic and Paralympic gold medal winners, World Cup winners, Grand Slam winners and world record holders, including World No. 1 Novac Djokovic, former boxer; Lennox Lewis, five times Olympic gold medallist rower; Sir Steve Redgrave and Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wegner. All Young Ambassadors had the chance to mingle with stars and talk to them about the important work they are doing in schools and communities and how the programme has impacted their personal development.
The Young Ambassador programme, which is delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, started in 2005 after London was awarded the rights to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Lord Coe promised that London would use the Games to inspire a generation of young people to choose sport and the programme aims to turn this promise into reality.
Young Ambassadors have a number of roles which include increasing the participation in sport using the inspiration of London 2012, promoting the Olympic and Paralympic Values and promoting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There are over 10,000 active Young Ambassadors across the UK, working in schools and communities.
Laureus Chairman, Edwin Moses, presented Mr Cameron with a Laureus Statuette, which is presented to all winners of Laureus Awards and will now be on display at 10 Downing Street.
The Awards, which are regarded as the Oscars of sport were held at Westminster Central Hall, saw tennis ace Novac Djokovic named overall sportsman of the year and middle distance runner, Vivian Cheruiyot, take the sportswoman's award. Proceeds from the Laureus Awards directly benefit the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects around the world.
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