London 2012 chief Lord Sebastian Coe praised the cast of the Havering College Inspiration show for getting involved in the Cultural Olympiad.

Three thrilled teenagers – Tristan Embleton, Matt Latimer and Sam Loughlin – were selected to represent the college when Lord Coe visited Hornchurch Sports Centre.

The event organised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Havering Council was an opportunity for Lord Coe to meet young people inspired by the Olympics.

The welcome group included divers from Havering Cormorants Diving Club, potential 2016 athletes, 2012 ambassadors, Mascot Dancers , winners of the borough’s Talented 30 scheme plus Havering College students ahead of their performance at the London Palladium.

Tristan, Matt and Sam, who are National Diploma Music Performance students, make up rock band Dead Baby Birds.

Lord Coe said: “This is really the living testimony as to why we all set off on this journey something like ten years ago now with the dream that we might bring the Olympic Games home locally for the first time after 64 years.”

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