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By Helen WattsEditor, Literacy Time PLUS

Two budding sports reporters were given the opportunity of a face-to-face interview with two of Britain’s top Olympic sports personalities. Find out how they got on.


Fatimah and Sahib interview Olympic swimmer Steve Parry

Supporter to Reporter (S2R), is an exciting new initiative which gives young people the chance to share their passion for sport and develop their media skills at the same time. It is delivered through Radiowaves, a media website which has been working with schools to provide a safe space for children to publish audio and video podcasts.

Springwell Junior School in Hounslow is one of the many schools nationwide which has been getting involved and children there have set up their very own school radio station.

Two budding reporters from the school were invited to attend the national launch of S2R where the forthcoming National Young Sports Reporter of the Year awards were also announced.

Fatimah and Sahib, both in Year 6, went along to the Football Association HQ in London’s Soho Square, where they were given a special, face-to-face interview with not one but two Olympic champions: swimmer Steve Parry, who won a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly in Athens 2004, and Sarah Webb, who, as part of the women’s sailing team won gold in Athens 2004 and in Beijing in 2008.

Helen Watts, Editor of Literacy Time PLUS, went along to watch the children carrying out their interview and to talk to Fatimah and Sahib afterwards about their exciting experience.

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