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Sutton students interview local Paralympic athlete David Weir MBE

Lauren Hewitt

On Thursday 8 March local athlete, Paralympic Gold Medallist David Weir MBE was interviewed by Sutton students for a short film to be shown at the Sutton Paralympic Festival, Sutton Sports Awards and to Sutton schools and colleges throughout the London Games 2012.

This is an exciting opportunity for the young people of Sutton to feel a part of the London 2012 Games and support their local sporting hero. 

David Weir, a proud Londoner was born and still lives in Wallington.  His  achievements include double Paralympic Gold medallist (Beijing 2008), triple world champion (Assen 2006), 5 times London Marathon winner and double world record holder for 1500m and 5000m.  Following his Olympic success in Beijing, David Weir was honoured with an MBE and was been given Freedom of the City in his hometown of Sutton.

The film will be produced and edited by students from Orchard Hill College who have been learning about digital media with support from lecturer Steve Tanner. ‘This film has given the students real hands on experience of working together as a film crew and how to use the camera and editing equipment to collectively produce a piece of work to be proud of.’ The soundtrack to the final version will be produced by the BTEC Music Technology students at Carshalton College.

The students that interviewed David Weir were Stephen, Orchard Hill College; Lauren, Carshalton College (pictured); Alice,Greenshaw High School and Lauren, Bandon Hill Primary School.

Also involved in the project is Karen Holt, Team Sutton / Stay Active Everyday /Olympic Torch Relay 2012, London Borough of Sutton.  She comments  ‘It will be fantastic for us to able to show an inspirational DVD featuring our local sports star to all our schools and really get people excited and feel connected in readiness for the London 2012 Games in the summer!’

Art and Design students, Patricia Pinto and Jabbard Mabounda, from Carshalton College designed the back drop used in the film. 4 different designs have been created altogether and will be used at the Paralympic Festival on 20 June for the medal presentations.

for more information, please contact

Maxine Alexander, Marketing and Publicity Manager
e:  t: 0208 544 4558

About Orchard Hill College

Orchard Hill College is a non-residential Independent Specialist Provider with Centres across London providing a friendly and supportive learning environment for young people and adults with severe/profound and complex learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Students follow a personalised programme, supported by specialist personal tutors, therapists and nurses, including work and community-based learning opportunities that reflect learner aspirations. The College has three Centres in the London Borough of Sutton; Carshalton, Wallington and Hackbridge, and centres in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Southwark.