The National Lottery has celebrated its investment in sport and the arts by bringing Crossgar writer Andrew Jamison together with 11 other poets from around the country to create an athlete-inspired poem for display in the Olympic Park.
IPC World Championship bronze medalist winner Sally Brown
and Crossgar writer Andrew Jamison
Andrew is a recent recipient of a grant of £5,000 from the Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES) funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
The ‘12 Poets of 2012’ poem was created over a weekend following a nation-wide search by The National Lottery. The poem will now take its place at The National Lottery showcasing plot located in the Olympic Park for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Before contributing to the poem, Andrew, 25, met IPC World Championship 200m bronze medalist Sally Brown, gaining inspiration and the opportunity to learn about what it takes to be a full time athlete at the highest level.
At meeting the 15-year-old at Coleraine running track, Andrew said: “The National Lottery has helped make dreams come true for so many athletes.
“National Lottery funding allows them to focus on being the best. Meeting Sally gave me a unique insight into the dedication and focus of a top athlete.
“This was a once in a lifetime experience. It was great to work with 11 other poets to create a poem that will now be displayed on the Olympic Park.”
Damian Smyth, Head of Literature & Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland said, “This is a fantastic accolade for Andrew and the Arts Council is delighted that he’s been recognised in this way. The arts are a brilliant vehicle for providing a lasting legacy that will remain with us long after the Games have gone. Andrew’s contribution is a rich addition to the inspired poem.”
Sally Brown is one of 1,200 elite athletes that National Lottery funding enables to train to the highest international standard.
After meeting Andrew, Sally said: “Andrew is a shining example of how the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is about so much more than just sport. The impressive range of cultural activities will encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in something new and develop their talents. National Lottery players should be proud that their investment is inspiring so many people to explore their creative and sporting potential.”
The poem has been created to celebrate National Lottery players’ £2.2 billion contribution into both the sporting and cultural elements of London 2012. As well as investing in elite athletes, the venues and infrastructure and sporting legacy of the Games, The National Lottery is a principal funder of The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movements.