Olympic spirit kept alive in Merton schools

Olympic spirit kept alive in Merton schools

The pupils of Gorringe Park Primary School enjoy a visit from Olympic torchbearer, Dean Parsons

Pupil Nathan Crockett gets to hold the Olympic torch with Dean Parsons.

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

The Olympic spirit has been kept alive in Merton schools this week by a visit from an Olympic torch.

Torchbearer Dean Parsons, better known as AFC Wimbledon's mascot Haydon the Womble, toured the borough's primary school to show children the Olympic torch and talk about his London 2012 experience.

The tour started at Gorringe Park Primary School on Thursday, where pupils took photos of Dean in his torch-bearer uniform holding the torch.

They also got to hear about his experience as a games-make during London 2012.

Mr Parsons said: "I thoroughly enjoyed being a torch-bearer and games-maker.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an experience I would like to share with the community.

"I am delighted to be able to take the Olympic torch to our local schools, they appreciate it more than anyone."

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: "After the euphoria and celebration of the summer Olympics, it was fantastic for our younger generation to see the torch and for them to have a chance to speak with Dean.

"Many of our younger generation watched the torch come through Merton in July, and hopefully the Olympics will inspire our children to get more involved in sports and community activities."

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