A Yorkshire sportsman who has been selected to carry the Olympic torch through Ripon has been helping the games leave a lasting legacy in Harrogate.
John Skinner, Parent Governor for Harrogate Ladies’ College (HLC), was selected as an Olympic Torchbearer because of his dedication to facilitating sportsmanship in young people in the Harrogate area. Now he is working closely with HLC to ensure that the London 2012 Olympics help inspire more young people to get into sport, as he has done with his cricket coaching over the past 10 years.
To celebrate John’s achievements, HLC will be staging its own Torchbearer event on the morning of the 19th June, helping John to prepare for his appearance in the Torch relay through Ripon later that afternoon. Started by Headmistress Rhiannon Wilkinson, the torch relay will involve pupils and staff from across HLC, who will carry a model of the Olympic torch, designed by the children of Highfield Prep, around the site. John will then have the prestigious task of lighting the cauldron, before delivering a speech on the importance and symbolism of the Olympic torch, to ignite Olympic fever among the pupils.
John Skinner said:
It is really important to use the 2012 London Olympic Games to inspire our young people to get more involved in sport and their community and I am honoured to be able to play a role in this.
This is not the only thing HLC is doing to welcome the Olympic torch to the region. Agroup of Lower 4 pupils and their parents have made a number of life-sized sculptures of athletes participating in Olympic events which will be appearing in the windows of various Harrogate businesses along the route from 1st June.