To raise awareness that the games are getting closer, two 20:12 Challenges (20 minutes, 12 seconds) took place across Gwynedd to celebrate a 100 days until the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
The first challenge was held in Gwynedd Council Leisure Centres, which gave customers the chance to row, cycle or run form 20 minutes and 12 seconds, recording their distance at their local Centre. At the end of the challenge Gwynedd customers travelled a total of 2181km which is about 241km more than the distance a person would travel from John O’ Groats to Lands End and back.
Amongst those who took part were National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) clients – who travelled 712km. At Dolgellau Leisure Centre, those who took part in the challenge also raised money for charity.
Schools took part in the second challenge by participating in Olympic themed events for 20 minutes 12 seconds. Each school’s Young Bronze Ambassadors took photos of the event with disposable cameras which were provided as part of the celebrations.
By now, about 80 schools have nominated pupils as Young Bronze Ambassadors at their schools. Their duties include; promoting the London 2012 Olympic Games in their school, promoting the values of the Olympics and the Paralympics in their school and encourage their friends to take part in sport and physical activity during and after school hours.
Alun Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Active Young People Manager said:
“A very successful day was had throughout the county and I’m very pleased that so many supported the events and also raised money for charity. Our hope is that the spirit of the Olympic Games will encourage and inspire more Gwynedd residents to take part in sport and exercise.”