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Olympic connections

  • Date: 9 March 2010
  • Area: London

On 14 March, A New Direction will be taking a group of students from Stoke Newington School to Vancouver to document and report on the Paralympic Winter Games.

The six students will develop the skills and confidence to film, blog and document the experience via a range of social media platforms. They will explore what it is like to be a young person in an Olympic city, attending a range of sporting and cultural events, and interviewing Paralympic athletes and young people from Vancouver.

One of the lucky six, Jake, said: ‘I'm really looking forward to the trip because I think it's going to be really interesting learning how big events like the Paralympics get reported. I am always using the internet so I'm looking forward to actually contributing in our own way using Twitter, blogging, video and photography to show people what's going on at the Paralympics from our perspective.’

Another student, Kimberley, added: ‘When I go to Vancouver, I’d really like to find out more about the culture there and how they incorporate and use it when hosting the Paralympics. This could be interesting to report when we get back as we could embrace all things quintessentially British to make the 2012 games our own.’

The group’s experiences will be fed directly to a dedicated microsite – you can follow their progress between 14-21 March.

A New Direction is the strategic body for connecting young Londoners with the city’s creative and cultural energy. They design and run creative programmes in partnership with schools, local authorities and businesses, and collaborate with London’s leading arts organisations to provide a platform for young people to share their creative work and gain critical exposure.