Isabelle’s birthday is her ticket to the Paralympic Games

ALL SMILES Isabelle Derrick.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (122030-2)
ALL SMILES Isabelle Derrick. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122030-2)
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LUCKY schoolgirl Isabelle Derrick will take her place in history at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics – all because of the date of her birthday.

Seven-year-old Isabelle was born on December 20, 2004 – the day named 2012 Day to mark the year the UK won its Olympic bid.

The seven-year-old pupil from Kingscourt School, in Catherington, was one of 700 Children of Promise born on the day. But only a handful were picked in a lottery to be at the most important event of the Games, which will be beamed into millions of homes around the world.

The Children of Promise are taking part in Olympic and Paralympic events with some carrying the Olympic torch.

Isabelle’s mum Tracey, from Drayton, said: ‘I think it’s important for young people to be involved and it makes all the young children really aware.

‘Isabelle’s really excited about taking part in the Olympics build-up and also the Paralympics in London where we’ve got tickets for the opening ceremony.’

Isabelle has not been told exactly what her role will be at the Paralympics opening ceremony on August 29 but she has been told she will play a memorable part.

On July 7, when the Olympic torch arrives in Portsmouth Isabelle will be interviewed on stage and take part in the celebrations.

She said: ‘I know I’m really lucky to be part of the Olympics. Me and my little sister Megan can’t stop talking about it. My whole family is really excited.’

The Children of Promise scheme was launched during London’s bid to host the 2012 games by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to allow children to become involved in events and ceremonies surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Tracey, 49, of Uplands Road, added: ‘She is getting to the age where she understands it and can appreciate it more. She receives birthday cards from Buckingham Palace each year as well.’

She added: ‘The school have been really good as well.

‘They’ve been celebrating the Jubilee and Olympics, where Isabelle got a special mention which is nice for her and nice for the school too.’

Jonathon Edwards, from Children of Promise said: ‘There’s nothing quite like the Olympic and Paralympic games and they’re going to be right at the heart of it.’