Denbigh High School student Sarah Kassahun has become a Young Ambassador as part of the Young Ambassador Programme.
Each Young Ambassador has been specially selected by the 450 School Sport Partnerships in England, either because of their strong sporting talent or through their commitment to sports leadership and volunteering.
Following London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, London made a promise to the world that showed a commitment to use the power of the Games to inspire millions of young people to choose sport. This became known as the Singapore Promise. The Young Ambassador Programme was born out of this and was initiated in the summer of 2006.
Young Ambassadors are supposed to use the inspiration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to:
promote healthy, active lifestyles amongst other young people
promote learning in young people through the Olympic and Paralympic ideas and values of Respect, Friendship and Excellence
increase participation of other young people.
Central to the Young Ambassador programme is the principle of young people aged 14-19 driving opportunity, engagement and change for other young people aged 5-19.
Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, Minister of State for the Olympics said: I am delighted to be supporting the Young Ambassador programme and feel incredibly excited about what the future holds for sport and culture across the country following London's successful bid to hold the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012.
The Games will capture the imagination and help us to increase sports participation amongst young people over the next five years and beyond. The Government is determined to help all our children develop in the best way possible and you, as young Ambassadors, will play a key role in allowing us to achieve that.
Sarah recently joined other Young Ambassadors as they took part in a Young Ambassador Conference at Chelsea Football Club where they rubbed shoulders with a host of well known athletes.
Sarah with Olympic Bronze medallist Natasha Danvers.
Information source: Youth Sport Trust