Paralympian launches Legacy Champions 2013

British Paralympian and Britain’s highest ranking wheel chair tennis player Lucy Shuker joined Envision teams to launch Legacy Champions 2013 at The Edge in Hackney last week.

She gave an inspirational speech to the 100+ students about to embark on their social action projects and then joined the teams for the afternoon as they set about planning their community projects.

It was a real honour to be asked to attend the Legacy Champions Launch Event in February 2013 hosted by Envision along with EDF Energy Volunteers. The continued legacy of the Olympics and Paralympics is an amazing thing and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of. It was great to see and meet so many inspiring young people from the local communities within the Olympic boroughs and see how these programmes are developing positive social values and actions to create better communities for all to live in.

Paralympian Lucy Shuker

Legacy Champions is delivered by Envision in partnership with EDF Energy and is now in it's third year. The programme aims to draw on the inspiration of the Olympic Games to inspire young people from colleges across the Olympic boroughs to design and deliver their very own community development projects.

Clearly inspired by the 2012 Paralympics the team from BSix College spent the afternoon exploring the issue of disability, sports and inclusion. They also had the opportunity to speak with Lucy about her personal take on the issue. 

Other Legacy Champions teams explored issues ranging from bridging the generation gap in their communities to tackling the causes of high youth unemployment. 

The event was also an opportunity for the teams to met their mentors from EDF for the first time. Together they will now start to progress their ideas to get them off paper and into action.