Kids get Olympic role

Monday was a big day for six-year-old Kyan Tijou-Hoyles from Walcott.

But for the birthday boy and other youngsters born on the same day it will soon be dwarfed by a more momentous occasion when they take the centre stage in the London 2012 Olympic games.

They will be playing a special ambassadorial role in the games or the 2012 Paralympic Games by taking part in opening and closing ceremonies and welcoming athletes.

Kyan will be taking part in the games as part of the Children's Promise Olympic scheme set up 2004 during the games' bidding process.

The scheme saw the parents of any children born on December 20, 2004 register their child to become a games ambassador.

Nationally more than 700 children registered to taking part in the games and they could be seen on millions of television sets around the world in 2012.

Kyan was inspired by the Olympics to take up trampolining.

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His father Duncan, 31 and a bank worker and married to Holly, said: 'It is just really nice for Kyan to be involved. We are proud of him.'

Each of the Children's Promise youngsters has received a birthday card from the organisers of the London 2012 games signed by running legend Sebastian Coe every year since 2004.

Lord Coe, chairman of the games organising committee, said: 'The children and their families are on a journey with us as we work towards the summer of 2012.

'I would like to wish all our Children's Promise participants a very happy sixth birthday, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.'