At an event at the Ugandan National Museum on 5 September British High Commissioner Alison Blackburne presented the Museum with a new exhibition commemorating the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The event highlighted the work of the London 2012 legacy programme, International Inspiration. The programme is delivered by the British Council and aims to use the power of sport to enrich the lives of millions of children and young people of all abilities, in schools and communities across the world.
Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda’s London 2012 Olympic marathon gold medallist, who has agreed to be an International Inspiration ambassador, was guest of honour at the event. The British Council, in partnership with Mr Kiprotich, is launching a £6,000 (approx. 24m UGX) legacy programme to create sporting opportunities for youth in the Kapchorwa district.
At the event, British High Commissioner, Alison Blackburne handed over a symbolic collection of pictures, memorabilia and other artefacts from London 2012 to the Uganda Museum, which will be included in the Olympic Games section of the Museum. The items were donated by the British High Commission and the British Council. The exhibition is a partnership between the Uganda Olympic Committee and the Uganda Museum.
High Commissioner Alison Blackburne said:
This evening we celebrate the legacy of the London 2012 Games. We remember the joy and togetherness they brought to so many people around the world, and in particular Uganda which celebrated its second ever Olympic gold medal, won by Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.
She also added:
We are also proud that the London 2012 legacy work is going strong in Uganda and are particularly excited with the education project Stephen Kiprotich and the British Council are developing in Kapchorwa. Our hope is that this initiative will help to improve the lives of the beneficiary communities.
The High Commissioner took the opportunity to look forward to the forthcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.