Jenade Sharma

At the age of 11 Jenade from Langdon School in East London was chosen to go to Singapore as part of the London 2012 bidding team. He wrote a poem about his experiences, which later caught the attention of the Prime Minister and the Queen. This opened up several opportunities for Jenade. Most notably a trip to Mozambique to raise awareness about the importance of education where he met Nelson Mandela.

Read more about Jenade’s trip on the Guardian website

(Slideshow) Singer Jamelia, Andy Murray, Lord Coe, Jenade Sharma, Jose Mourinho and Dame Kelly Holmes with Tanni Grey-Thompson (front) unveil the new logo for the 2012 Olympics at the Roundhouse, London.

Jenade’s Poem

My Olympic Dream 

Jacques Rogge, the President of the IOC,
Was about to present the results to the others
And me,
Of who would host the 2012 Olympic games,
And hold the torch of amber flames.

London were in a five horse race,
Competing for the cherished first place,
The diverse capital of the UK,
Were hoping the decision would go their 

During the announcement we were all very
And could not bear the prolonged suspense,
When he announced London had won,
I realised the legacy had only just begun.

Welling up inside me was an overwhelming 
Of being on the victorious winning side,
The feeling of joy I could not hide,
Of being on TV worldwide.

This a moment I will definitely treasure,
A feeling filled with utmost pleasure,
Thank you London for making my dream come true,
Now competing in 2012, is what I want to do.

Jenade Sharma age 11