26 March 2015Olympic gymnast Beth drops in to visit pupils
Children from Altham Primary School met up with the athlete at the Accrington offices of Simon Jersey, official supplier to Team GB.
With 500 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, youngsters are being given the chance to have their messages of good luck featured in Team GB’s suits for the Olympic Games.
The #myOlympicwish competition was launched by Beth who invited youngsters to send in messages of support that will be woven into the lining of suits being designed by Simon Jersey for athletes to wear to all formal events in Rio and the UK.
Simon Jersey is working with the BOA’s Get Set programme, to reach over 25,000 schools and gather nationwide support.
Beth, who competed in three Olympics Games, will judge the entries alongside Simon Jersey and Team GB officials.
She said: “As an athlete, particularly at an away Games - it gives you a huge boost to know that the nation is behind you and having the messages inside the suits will make sure athletes feel the support of everyone back home.”
The kids who write the winning messages will receive a framed sample of the finished fabric, plus the chance to meet athletes wearing the finished suits next year.
James Saunders, Simon Jersey managing director, said: “From urging athletes to run faster to letting them know how much support they have at home, we’d like to include wishes that show the enthusiasm of the nation’s youth.”
#myOlympicwish is open to young people aged 16 or under. Send messages of 20 words or less to simonjersey.com/myolympicwish and submit before 00:59pm on Friday May 1.