Wednesday, 9th May 2012
Waterford children urged to get behind our Olympic team Ireland's favourite and best known Olympian, Sonia O'Sullivan, is bringing her plea to get behind our 2012 Olympic Team to every primary school classroom in county Waterford and across the country via a new YouTube initiative.
The drive to get Ireland's young people in Waterford and across the South East behind our greatest athletes has gone viral and is part of a new YouTube and schools initiative which uses interactive whiteboards, CDs and books aimed at getting children reading and learning about the Olympics using a new classroom resource developed and produced in Wexford.
The new schools-based initiative is the brainchild of Prim-Ed Publishing and the Olympic Council of Ireland and covers subject areas such as history and geography, maths and English while learning about the Olympics in a fun and engaging way. To watch Sonia's link, simply log on to http:// youtube.com/
It is really important for the athletes to be aware that they have the support of the public behind them when the Games on July 27, O'
Sullivan said. "It is always beneficial to know in the back of your mind that people care about what you are doing and it encourages athletes to work harder to get rewards that they can share with their family, friends and Irish supporters.With less than 90 days to go to the start of the Games Sonia said that while everyone cannot be an Olympic Champion, children in particular can still benefit from sport. "We have quite a few good medal opportunities in this year's Olympics and our team continues to grow. The Irish supporters are the best supporters in the world and I want everyone to get behind our team.
Ms. O'Sullivan, said she plans to use the books to help her two daughters Ciara and Sophie, understand more about the Olympics, the history of the Games and the sports it includes.
For more about the publication, log on to http:// prim-ed.com
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