Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan completed the final leg of the Olympic torch relay, which passed the College's Uxbridge campus along Park Road and Gatting Way.Uxbridge College marked an historic day as the Olympic torch was carried along Park Road passed the front of the building, then down Gatting Way at the back.Staff and local residents lined the route,

Olympic_Torch_2Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan completed the final leg of the Olympic torch relay, which passed the College's Uxbridge campus along Park Road and Gatting Way.Uxbridge College marked an historic day as the Olympic torch was carried along Park Road passed the front of the building, then down Gatting Way at the back.

Staff and local residents lined the route, cheering and taking photos of the torch on its way to the London 2012 opening ceremony at Stratford.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan completed the Hillingdon leg of the relay, which ended at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Centre in Gatting Way.

Laraine Smith, Principal of Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College is extremely fortunate to have been on the Olympic Torch route - it was an historic day and really exciting for everyone to see it carried passed.

“While it was sheer good luck we were on the route, it highlighted the place the College has at the heart of the community as well as its various connections to the Olympics and to sport and fitness as a whole.”

Among the torchbearers in the London leg of the relay were Toby Dowling (15), who is due to start a performing arts course at College in September. Toby carried the torch passed Hillingdon Hospital, where he was born and has been treated for a series of health problems.

An engineering student, Sam Jafar (19), was also due to carry it through Westminster. Sam, who has coached young people in football, is thought to be the first Kurd ever to carry the torch in the history of the Olympics.

Uxbridge College students have also played a part in London 2012 by helping with costuming for the opening and closing ceremonies, and the sporting theme has been part of College activities throughout the year. As well as holding its own Olympic and Paralympic sports championships, a new Fitness Trail* was opened at the Uxbridge campus.

In addition, Olympic tickets issued to the College as part of an educational programme were awarded to a number of students who had good attendance, and music lecturer Ivan Sanz was picked to play the drums in the opening ceremony.

The students who helped with the costumes are on the Production Arts Design course, and were chosen to take part in costume-making and fitting for the opening and closing ceremonies of both Olympics and Paralympics. Calista Ross (20), is due to assist in dressing the performers during the ceremonies, and along with Amy Brian (20), and Jessica Green (19), helped measure up some of the 3,000 performers for their outfits.

*The fitness trail was sponsored by Balfour Beatty, The Old Vinyl Factory, Fusion, Hillingdon Council, Hillingdon Community Trust, Rackspace and General Mills.

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