Lord Coe congratulates Dudley College students

Dudley College student Ross Esnor, 18, was honoured to receive a Flames Young Leader of the Year Highly Commended award by LOCOG chief Sebastian Coe on 12 October.

From over 5,000 young leaders trained this year as part of the national Flames: Lighting the way programme Ross was selected for this award, by an independent panel of judges, for recognising the role of sport to develop himself and other people. He also showed significant commitment and enthusiasm to volunteering and providing opportunities for children to engage in activities.
The award was presented by Sebastian Coe at an Inspire Leicestershire legacy event designed to celebrate an incredible summer of sport and create a legacy from the Olympic Games.

Lord Coe said: "We all miss the Games and we have memories to treasure for the rest of our lives. For me the most exciting part of the story is yet to come. What I've witnessed this morning shows me we're in good shape. This is the embodiment of what we need a spirit of partnership and generosity to bring to fruition the legacy from what we have already achieved."

Ross was also delighted to be selected as a torch bearer for the Olympic torch relay which he described as "mind blowing and a fantastic experience".

Ross said: "It's a huge honour to be commended for something that you like doing anyway and I thank everyone who nominated me for this award. Meeting Seb Coe has been the pinnacle really. It's been such an honour to meet a man of that stature and who has accomplished so much.

Flames Ambassador and Olympic Hockey bronze medallist Nicola White, also at the event, said: "Ross and the other Flames young leaders are fantastic. They're the ones who go into the schools and inspire the kids and teach them the Values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. They are the catalyst for getting more children active and creating the Olympic legacy."

Flames is an Olympic and Paralympic Value driven programme, delivered by young leaders and centred around physical activity and health. The young leaders are trained to go into primary schools and run physical activity sessions with younger children. The programme was developed by the British Heart Foundation in partnership with Loughborough College and delivered in association with the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) at Loughborough University.