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Young people compete for Olympic role

Pupils from Merton are being given a chance to be chosen as a ball boy or girl for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Young people in the South West London borough have been battling it out in a selection process for the opportunity of a lifetime.

One part of the selection process took part in November, when teams from Raynes Park High School and Kings College School were asked to show off their skills and abilities through a range of tasks and activities.

Schools across Merton and Wandsworth have been asked to submit teams of young people aged between 16 and 18 for the opportunity to become a London 2012 Games Maker.

After the various selection events, successful teams of Young Games Makers will be invited to attend a series of training sessions and a final selection event from which the final teams will be selected.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to be involved in the London 2012 Games and we are thrilled to be helping the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in their search.

“All the young people who are successful in becoming ball boys and girls will have an amazing memory they will be able to take with them for the rest of their lives.

We wish everyone the best of luck.”

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said: “To see young people from Merton in the thick of the London 2012 Olympic Games is absolutely fantastic. This is a great way for our young people to get involved.”

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