Newham youngsters inspired by Who Wants To Be An Olympian show

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

Newham youngsters were left inspired by a special show celebrating the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics last month.

Pakiki Theatre presented 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' at several local libraries and primary schools as part of Newham Heritage Month 2022.

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

And children enjoyed learning about Olympic and Paralympic heroes from the borough during the interactive game show, which was full of laughter, costumes and dance.

One audience member at Canning Town Library said: “Absolutely brilliant! So much fun, we learnt so much about local sports heroes.”

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

The theme of Newham Heritage Month 2022 was What London 2012 Means To Us and Pākiki Theatre met several local sports heroes in the course of their research for the show, including fencer Linda Strachan, swimmer Amy Marren and boxing brothers Jumbo and Mik Basi, as well as sports journalist Lee Power.

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

They also spoke to some young swimmers at Newham & UEL Swimming Club and found out about what it’s like being part of the legacy of London 2012, their hopes and dreams for the future, and the fun, friendship and 5.30am starts of being an aspiring elite swimmer!

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

All these interviews were recorded and are available to listen to through the Newham Heritage Month website.

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During the show, the audience learnt about local Olympic and Paralympic heroes, the legacy of the games as well the special place Newham has played in Olympic and Paralympic history.

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

They also found out about sporting opportunities available in the borough and experienced the elation of the London 2012 games in a fun and interactive way.

Pākiki Theatre have already performed the show at Kensington Academy and Southern Road Primary and are performing at several other Newham schools throughout July and September. 

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month

The 'Who Wants To Be An Olympian?' show inspired Newham children during Newham Heritage Month - Credit: Pakiki Theatre

One audience member said: "Very fun and engaging. They loved it! Good info about Olympics and connection with their surroundings. It encouraged us to keep trying and to never give up, you can achieve anything."

The show is aimed at KS2 children and can be booked through their website - https://www.pakikitheatre.co.uk/contact-us.