Local pupils set to shine the Olympic Torch

April 10, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Two local schools are beaming with pride this week with the news that two of their pupils have been chose to take part in the historical journey of the Olympic Torch.

Twelve year old Laura Quinn, a pupil of St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen, is the latest local to be given the prestigious honour of carrying the Olympic Flame as it travels through Newry on June 6th, while Primary seven pupil, Tom Magill, has been extremely lucky to have been chosen to represent his school, Bunscoil an Iúir, in the promotion of the Olympic Torch’s arrival in Newry.

Due to their commitment to the London 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Values via the Get Set network, St Joseph’s High School, were automatically entered into a ballot to nominate a student to carry the Olympic Flame in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Teachers asked first year students to write about why they should be picked to go to the London 2012 Olympics. Laura triumphed in the essay competition with a tale recounting how she had witnessed the Olympic Village being built as she flew into Gatwick airport on her 10th birthday. The young hopeful clinched her place on the Torchbearing team with the plea that, having seen the village in its initial stages, she should be there to see the finished project.

Both her school and her parents are delighted that Laura has been chosen to be part of such a momentous occasion. Her proud mum, Margeurita, told The Examiner, that while her daughter is typically “taking it in her stride” her family and friends are thrilled that she is to play such an important role in the historical event.

Bunscoil an Iúir also congratulated young Tom Magill on his participation in the journey of the Olympic Torch, describing it as “one of the highlights of his primary school life.” Boxing star, Wayne McCullough, will also be there on the day to celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion with Tom and past pupil, Oisin Murphy, one of the Senior Gaelic footballers of St Paul’s High school to have been crowned All Ireland champions last weekend, has already turned up at school to congratulate the young student on his achievement.