Maddison in the Olympic spotlight

Maddison Stoker, part of the Children's Promise and is onvolved with the Olympic celebrations, with mum Liz and dad Chris.
Maddison Stoker, part of the Children's Promise and is onvolved with the Olympic celebrations, with mum Liz and dad Chris.

A BRIGHOUSE pupil has taken centre stage in the Olympic celebrations thanks to being born on a memorable day.

Maddison Stoker, who attends Woodhouse Primary School, is part of the Children’s Promise celebrations, after being born on December 20, 2004 - the day London Olympics Chairman Seb Coe dubbed ‘2012 day’.

Every child born on that day - the date 20/12 during the bid of the Olympics game - was to be involved in a major event.

Along with attending the Olympics promise celebrations at Temple Newsam, near Leeds, the seven year-old is set to play a part in the opening ceremony of the Paralympics games.

Mum Liz said that all the family enjoyed their time taking part in the celebrations in Leeds and watching the different acts.

“We all had a great day and Maddison was very excited as she got to meet Twist and Pulse and Diversity,” she said. “All the children spent time getting to know each other and held the Olympic Torch. “They also learnt about the Olympics games and what the eight thousand holes represent on the torch.

“She has been aware that she will be playing a part in the Olympic games and each year she has been receiving a birthday card from Seb Coe.

“We are all looking forward going to London for the Paralympic Games.”

Over a thousand children were born on the unique date with seven hundred registered to Children’s Promise.

Olympic organisers made a pledge children born on that day would get to share in the excitement of the games.