Lord Coe today called on the young people of the UK to get moving and hit the road to Rio.
One of the most successful legacy projects of London 2012, Get Set, today launched its Road to Rio mobile app which will see thousands of young people across the UK be part of a mass participation project between now and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Launched today at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by Lord Coe, Chair of the British Olympic Association and Annamarie Phelps, Vice-Chair of the British Paralympic Association, the app challenges young people to travel and record the 9298km distance from the Olympic Stadium in London to its Rio de Janeiro equivalent before the start of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
With 555 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games marks the start of a thrilling summer of Olympic and Paralympic action, double Olympic bronze medallist Max Whitlock and Paralympic bronze medallist Olivia Breen joined a host of local school children to kick-start the virtual journey to Rio 2016.
Five to 19-year-olds are being encouraged to work in teams to run, walk, skip, hop or travel any way they like as the free app collectively logs their distance covered and awards virtual badges for reaching milestones and trying different sports.
The app also gives young people the chance to learn about and live the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination, courage and equality.
Get Set’s Road to Rio, an educational platform from the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, is part funded by Spirit of 2012 – a charity established to sustain and extend the spirit of the London 2012 Games across the UK.
Lord Coe said: "The Get Set programme started as a way to inspire and engage young people around London 2012 – and it is still going strong. Since 2012, more than four million young people have been part of it and I will be writing to all 24,500 schools registered with the programme to ask them to get together, get active and continue to live the Olympic and Paralympic values all the way through to Rio 2016.”
Annamarie Phelps said: "The Road to Rio app is a great way to get young people working together as a team and will help make sport and physical activity a normal part of their everyday lives. The app brings the Olympic and Paralympic Values to life and I am sure that young people using it will have fun learning what Get Set is all about on their virtual journey to Rio.”
Max Whitlock: "With 555 days to go as an athlete I am very much focused on my Road to Rio and Olympic qualification so it’s great to see so many young people joining us on that journey. London 2012 was a special time but seeing its role in inspiring young people and has only heightened that experience for me. I can’t wait for Rio 2016.”
Olivia Breen: "It’s great to know that while I’m training hard out on the track as I aim to qualify for Rio, students across the country will also be getting active with their own challenge to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Debbie Lye, CEO Spirit of 2012 "Our endowment came from the Big Lottery Fund to sustain the spirit of the London 2012 Games and therefore it’s a perfect fit for us to support projects that help people understand and live out the Olympic and Paralympic values. Get Set was a globally recognised London 2012 education programme, and Spirit of 2012 is glad to help the BOA and the BPA create this new digital app and resources to bring the Rio 2016 Games to life for children and young people here in the UK. I especially like the fun and inclusive approach to increasing activity levels through the 9298k London to Rio challenge”.
Notes to Editors
About Get Set
Get Set - The British Olympic Foundation and the British Paralympic Association are partnering to continue with the delivery of the London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’ as part of the legacy of London 2012 and it will continue to be the official Olympic and Paralympic education programme for schools across the UK. Further information is available at www.getset.co.uk
About the British Olympic Association
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in our territory in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The BOA achieves this through:
Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to deliver world-leading services and support to enable British athletes to reach their full potential at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and other IOC-sanctioned events
Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to provide athletes with relevant support on the journey to, during and following their Olympic careers
Engaging people throughout the United Kingdom to pursue their very own goals and dreams through the Olympic Values and the example of Team GB Olympians
Being the independent voice of Olympic Sport and collaborating with our members and other sport stakeholders, both domestically and internationally, to support the continued growth and overall health of the Olympic Movement in the UK
For further information, go to: www.teamgb.com
About the British Paralympic Association
The British Paralympic Association is the National Paralympic Committee for the UK, responsible for the promotion of the Paralympic movement in Great Britain and selecting, entering and funding the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team.
ParalympicsGB is the name for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team that competes at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. The Team is selected and managed by the British Paralympic Association, in conjunction with the national governing bodies, and is made up of the best sportsmen and women who compete in the 22 summer and four winter sports on the Paralympic Programme.
There is only one Paralympic team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland; ParalympicsGB. There is not a Paralympic swimming team or Paralympic tennis team. The individual sports join to become ParalympicsGB, the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic Team.
We are proud of our tradition of outstanding performance at the Paralympic Games: ParalympicsGB finished second in the medals table at three consecutive summer Paralympic Games and won 120 medals at London 2012.
The BPA would like to thank the National Lottery and our official partners adidas, BP, BT, Deloitte, EDF Energy, Hogan Lovells, Mondelēz International, Nissan and Sainsbury’s for their support.
About Spirit of 2012
Spirit of 2012 is an independent trust established with a £47m endowment from the Big Lottery Fund.
Our vision is inspired by the London 2012 events that went beyond sport and reached out to communities across the UK. Spirit invests in happiness; empowering people to get out, be involved and feel better.
We’re working to ensure that the spirit and opportunities from London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics is felt everywhere. By connecting events to communities across the country, we ensure our investment is of local, regional and national benefit. We tackle isolation and disadvantage by supporting those providing opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.
We believe that by enabling people to participate in a wide variety of activities, we can improve wellbeing, challenge perceptions of disability and lead to greater social cohesion. We invest nationally and locally to build on the energy, creativity and positive sport we saw during the London 2012 Games, where people felt better because they were helping others, celebrating local and national success and joining together in a public cause.