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Olympic Storytellers revealed

READY FOR ACTION: Storytellers with Lord Coe (left) and Thompson (right)

CHAIRMAN OF the London 2012 Organising Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, has revealed the 100 members of the public selected from across the UK to participate in BT’s Storytellers campaign to document the story of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A group of the successful Storytellers were joined by Lord Coe and British Olympic legend Daley Thompson at St Pancras Station to discuss their aim to capture the nation’s excitement in the build-up to, and during, London 2012.

The final Storytellers group represents every region of the UK and comprises bloggers, social networkers, artists, writers, poets, graphic designers, film-makers, photographers, and musicians.

Lord Coe said: “It’s fantastic that BT has capitalised on developments in communications technology and social networking to bring this group of Storytellers together from all over the UK. We want the London 2012 Games to be everyone’s Games and BT’s Storytellers campaign will not only help us capture the spirit and excitement that surround London 2012 but also enable us to bring the Games to people across the UK.”

BT has launched a new website to showcase the views, opinions and creativity of the Storytellers. The interactive features of the site will allow the public to share in their stories, bringing them even closer to both the sporting and cultural aspects of London 2012.

Members of the public will be able to interact and participate by suggesting subjects that the BT Storytellers will cover over the course of the year-long campaign. They will also be able to comment and vote on their work, share the content and nominate Storytellers for special awards and bonuses.

BT Storyteller Gary Boyd, headteacher of Southwold Primary School in Hackney, London, applied to become a Storyteller on behalf of the school. Gary said: “I really want our pupils to feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be such an important event when we look back at the history of this country.

Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson has joined the Storytellers campaign and will look to document his journey through a photography project. Daley said: “People might know me as an athlete but what they might not know is my passion for photography.

“When you look back at previous Olympic or Paralympic Games, there are some fantastic images that bring back so many memories. Whilst my competition days may be over, I’m excited about my journey to London 2012 and, along with other BT Storytellers, look forward to connecting with, and sharing in, one of the biggest cultural and sporting events our country has ever seen.”

Visit: www.bt.com/storytellers

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