Just three weeks until Olympic torch arrival

Pupils and staff from Kilronan School Magherafelt pictured with their Olympic ponchos as they practice their routine to welcome the torch on its journey ahead of the summer games.
Pupils and staff from Kilronan School Magherafelt pictured with their Olympic ponchos as they practice their routine to welcome the torch on its journey ahead of the summer games.

THREE thousand local school children are getting ready to take part in one of Magherafelt’s biggest events to date.

To mark the historic occasion of the Olympic torch relay coming to Magherafelt, children from 31 schools in the district including Kilronan Special School will come together to form a sequence of visual displays.

The schools’ celebrations will start at 10am at Meadowbank Sports Arena and weather permitting; the children will form a message with the five Olympic rings which will be recorded live from a helicopter overhead.

Kirsty from Kirsty’s Kenetic Kidz is choreographing the event and says it will be quite a challenge. She said “It’s a mammoth task bringing 3000 children together but I’ve already started training them in their own schools. The children are really excited to be part of the celebrations and they’re looking forward to catching a glimpse of the world-famous torch.”

Logistically, Kirsty had to work out a plan of how the children could form the words ‘Welcome Torch Relay Magherafelt 2012’ as well as the five Olympic rings. But she is confident that things are coming together and says the children have been very co-operative and easy to work with. Kirsty’s Kenetic Kidz will also form part of the community carnival program on June 6 with a special Olympic dance team.

As a keepsake of events, Magherafelt District Council will issue each participating child with a special Olympic poncho. The children will wear them as they perform the display and will be able to keep them as part of the lasting legacy of the event.

When the displays are complete, the children will then line the streets to welcome the Olympic torch.

Friends and family throughout the world as well as school children not at the event will be able to watch the displays on a special broadcast which will be streamed live via the internet, and watched via large screens in Magherafelt, Londonderry and Belfast.