POSTED: January 28th 2015
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Get Set launches Road to Rio app for the British Olympic team

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A successful legacy project of London 2012, Get Set launched the its Road to Rio mobile app. This app will bring together thousands of young people from all over the United Kingdom to be apart of this participation project, from now till the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The launching took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and was launched by the Chair of the British Olympic Association, Lord Sebastian Coe and Vice-Chair of the British Paralympic Association, Annamarie Phelps.  The new app challenges all young people to make the 5777 mile (9298 km) trip from the Olympic Stadium in London to the Rio de Janeiro stadium, before the 2016 Rio Games begin and record along the way.

"The Get Set program started as a way to inspire and engage young people around London 2012 - and it is still going strong. Since 2012, more than four million young people have been part of it and I will be writing to all 24,500 schools registered with the program to ask them to get together, get active and continue to live the Olympic and Paralympic values all the way through to Rio 2016," stated Lord Coe.

Annamarie Phelps added, "The Road to Rio app is a great way to get young people working together as a team and will help make sport and physical activity a normal part of their everyday life. The app brings the Olympic and Paralympic Values to life and I am sure that young people using it will have fun learning what Get Set is all about on their virtual journey to Rio."

The Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games is 555 days away and this marks the beginning of a thrilling summer of Olympic and Paralympic action. A host of local school children were joined by Paralympic bronze medalist Olivia Breen and double Olympic bronze medalist Max Whitlock to jump start this virtual journey to the Games.

Olivia Breen said, "It's great to know that while I'm training hard out on the track as I aim to qualify for Rio, students across the country will also be getting active with their own challenge to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

Max Whitlock also commented, "With 555 days to go as an athlete I am very much focused on my Road to Rio and Olympic qualification so it's great to see so many young people joining us on that journey. London 2012 was a special time, but seeing its role in inspiring young people and has only heightened that experience for me. I can't wait for Rio 2016."

The challenge is to encourage those from five to 19 years old to work in teams and travel any way they like either run, walk, skip, or hop their way to Rio. The free app will collectively log their covered distance and award virtual badges when they reach milestones and try different sports.

In addition, those with the app can learn about and apply the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence, and respect and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, equality, and courage in their lives.

The British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association were able to bring this educational platform to the masses, thanks to the funding from Spirit of 2012, which is charity. The charity was founded to sustain and extend the London 2012 Games' spirit all across the UK.

Debbie Lye, CEO Spirit of 2012 stated, "Our endowment came from the Big Lottery Fund to sustain the spirit of the London 2012 Games and therefore it's a perfect fit for us to support projects that help people understand and live out the Olympic and Paralympic values. Get Set was a globally recognized London 2012 education program, and Spirit of 2012 is glad to help the BOA and the BPA creates this new digital app and resources to bring the Rio 2016 Games to life for children and young people here in the UK. I especially like the fun and inclusive approach to increasing activity levels through the 9298k London to Rio challenge".

**MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog: http://www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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