Paralympian Giles Long MBE has presented prizes to the winning students who took part in the Good School Food Gold Medal Challenge.
The three winners from primary schools across the county were picked by members of Team GB canoe slalom team members David Florence and Tim Baillie, who will be competing in Hertfordshire at the Lee Valley White Water Centre during Games time. The winners were from, Hurst Drive Primary School, Waltham Cross, Park Street Primary School and Welwyn St Mary’s Primary School.
Designed by Hertfordshire’s Good School Food Team and the county’s official partnership supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners, the Good School Food Gold Medal Challenge encouraged students to pay tribute to past gold medal winners. As part of the challenge, every pupil who ate a school lunch during the two week period was entered into the draw to win one of over 40 great, official London 2012 prize packs.
As part of the challenge, school students’ palates traveled around the globe from France to Mexico and South Africa to China and collected stickers and completed quizzes in order to get their hands on an Olympic themed prize. The challenge finished Team GB day where a traditional Great British favourite fish and chips was served as part of the celebrations.
Giles Long MBE, World, European and Paralympic Gold Medalist said, “Being the best is about paying attention to detail and food is one of those details. Sport is about getting the maximum you can out of your body and the right food as fuel is vital in that process. That is why I’ve been delighted to support this initiative.”
Frances Button, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said, “The Good School Food Gold Medal Challenge primary school campaign ran for two weeks in March and saw Hertfordshire Catering serve a massive 40,000 extra meals that month. This is very encouraging as the scheme promoted the importance and benefits of a healthy lifestyle which is something Hertfordshire Catering is hugely committed to.”
The innovative catering initiative has been awarded an Inspire Mark by London 2012. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Hertfordshire Catering is the only local authority catering organisation in the country to be awarded the coveted Inspire Mark.