Olympic greats attend Flames Festival

Youngsters at the Flames Festival with Ellie Koyander and Dorothy Hyman

Youngsters at the Flames Festival with Ellie Koyander and Dorothy Hyman

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Three Olympic athletes attended a Flames Festival in Staveley.

Dorothy Hyman, who won a 100m silver medal at Rome in 1960, Ellie Koyander, Britain’s No 1 moguls skier who represented Team GB at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and Martin Mansell, a disability sport Olympian, attended the Springwell Community College where the celebrations were held last Thursday.

Dorothy Hyman, Martin Mansell and Ellie Koyander at Staveley's Flames Festival

Dorothy Hyman, Martin Mansell and Ellie Koyander at Staveley's Flames Festival

The festival was organised by the Staveley and Brimington Learning Community as part of a ‘One World - One Challenge’ project which involved primary schools.

The project aims to help youngsters study an adopted country, spread across the continents, within the Olympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

It is also designed to promote community cohesion by fostering an improved understanding in the areas of multi-cultural education, anti-racism, anti-bullying, disabilty, health and self esteem.

The Festival was held last Thursday, on the day before thousands of sports fans watched the 2012 Olympic torch relay pass through the streets of north Derbyshire.

Displayed at the Staveley event was a torch from the 1948 Olympic Games, the last time they were held in London, and a torch from this year’s relay event.

It had been hoped to hold the Flames Festival at Staveley MW’s Inkersall Road ground but rain forced the event to be moved to the Springwell school.

However, the wet weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the youngsters who took part and enjoyed themselves.