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Region’s youths inspired by Cameroon Olympic team


Young people from across the North-east are being invited to express what the Olympics means to them through a creative poster competition.

Cameroon Poster competition 1Students ranging from Primary 1 to Secondary 6 can design their version of the Cameroonian flag to welcome the African country’s Olympic team to their pre-games training camp (PGTC) which will be hosted by Aberdeen’s top sporting facilities from 4 to 22 July.

Blank A4 paper templates of the Cameroonian flag are being sent to schools across the region this week and will be available from Aberdeen Sports Village, RGU: SPORT and Shopmobility on the first floor of Union Square. Poster designs must be completed by Tuesday 10 July and can be submitted to any of the three venues.

Submitted entries will be publically displayed at each of the venues throughout the Cameroonian team’s stay in Aberdeen. A winning design will be chosen by Chef de Mission of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon, Mr David Ojong, on Friday 13 July. The winner will receive a cinema-themed goody bag from Union Square.

The competition’s launch follows last week’s announcement that the Olympic team’s numbers are being bolstered with even more top athletes, taking the current total to forty-four across nine sports including track and field, weigh lifting, football, wrestling, swimming, judo and table tennis.

Cameroon Poster competition 2Hosted by ASV and RGU: SPORT, the multi-sport PGTC represents a vital element of the Olympic team’s preparation and acclimatisation in the final stages running up to the London 2012 Games. During their stay, the Cameroonian team will also participate in a series of community and cultural engagement activities, including opportunities to meet members of the public and inspire the region’s sporting youths.

Jo Conlon, Sports Policy and Partnership Officer at Aberdeen City Council, has led the competition’s coordination along with the help of colleagues at Active Schools. She said: “With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just over a month away this poster competition is an ideal way for children and young people to get involved and think about what the Games means to them.”

Submissions to the Cameroon Olympics poster competition should be made by Tuesday 10 July to the receptions of Aberdeen Sports Village on King Street, RGU: SPORT at Robert Gordon University’s Garthdee campus, or to Union Square’s competition box next to next to Pizza Hut on the first floor.

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Bottom left: Kaimhill Primary pupils design their entries to the poster competition (l-r) Ibrahim Shafik (10), Jordan Kamwa (9), Nicola Ritchie (9), Ailidh Flett-Grieve (9), Connor Higgins (9).

Notes to editor

A schedule of press opportunities during the pre games training camp is currently being drafted. Media interested in interviewing, photographing and/or filming the team during their stay should please contact Andrew Youngson, Communications Office, Robert Gordon University, 01224 262389 / a.c.youngson@rgu.ac.uk.

The bid to host the Cameroonian PGTC was successfully secured in partnership between:

  • Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sporting facility in the North East. The facility is a joint venture of the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland and was officially opened in 2009. It offers an array of first-class facilities and opportunities to sport and exercise enthusiasts and athletes from the local and wider area and comprises of a multi-use sports hall, two large studios, an indoor 3G football pitch, 4 squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor IAAF approved athletics areas, an outdoor football pitch, a dedicated seminar room, and a café.
  • RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University’s £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the university’s Garthdee campus.