As President of the IOC Jacques Rogge praises London 2012 for its 'legacy blueprint', elite sports stars including Jessica Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Perri Shakes-Drayton have pledged their support for CBBC’s sports series Ultimate Sports Day for its efforts in encouraging young people to participate in sport.
This weekend the series climaxes as the top four youngsters form the Ultimate Sports Day All Stars to face off against an Olympic Dream Team in grand finale on Saturday 31st March. They test their mettle against Amy Williams, Kelly Sotherton, Phillips Idowu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.
Leading the sports stars offering their support is Olympic Hephathlete Jessica Ennis who says: “I was involved in the original pitch for Ultimate Sports Day and it’s great to see that the programme has been so inspirational to so many young people. It is more important now than ever to have an inspirational sports show for children on TV to build on the enthusiasm that the Olympic Games generates!”
Team GB cycling star Victoria Pendleton adds: “The Olympics is a great opportunity to encourage kids to participate in sport but this needs to be maintained after the Games finish. Ultimate Sports Day is the perfect show to encourage kids sporting participation; exciting games, covering all sports skill sets and the chance to learn from some sporting heroes, why was this not around when I was younger?!” 400m Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu concurs: “I wish there was a programme like this when I was a child.”
(Source : BBC Media Centre)