It was announced today that James Huckle, one of Essex County Council’s Team Essex Ambassadors (TEA), has been selected for Team GB in the Three Position Rifle event at London 2012. James (20) from Harlow will be one of the youngest rifle shooters at the games.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, James achieved two Silver team medals and two Bronze individual medals. After the 2011 Korean World Cup match James was amazed to learn that he had broken the 22 year old Senior British record set by the late Malcolm Cooper.
Essex County Councillor Stephen Castle, Cabinet Member for Education, Lifelong Learning & the 2012 Games, said “We are thrilled that yet another of our Team Essex Ambassadors has been selected for London 2012. We wish James and the other five Team Essex Ambassadors, already selected, all the very best of luck, and I urge the whole of Essex to get behind them and cheer them on to gold”
As part of his Team Essex Ambassador role, James has been working with photographer Alan Hockett and pupils at Blackmore Primary School on sports inspired arts initiative, Journey to the Podium. Since 2009, artists have been commissioned by Essex County Council to follow an Essex athlete's mission to excel in their sport and compete at the London 2012 Games.
During the process, the artists and athletes document their experiences and engage schools through educational workshops to develop and influence the final piece. The collaborations have resulted in a collection of work that marks each athlete’s personal journey, capturing the essence of their personalities and sports. In August a selection of the final artwork from the project will be exhibited in Houses of Parliament as part of Arts in Parliament.
In the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Essex County Council established the Team Essex Ambassador’s Award which aimed to support and nurture local athletes who had been identified as having the potential to compete in the London 2012 Games.
Team Essex Ambassadors have also been integral in promoting sport and physical activity across the county, working with schools and communities to inspire them to participate and get involved in sport and physical activity and inspire the next generation of talented athletes. Over the last four years a total of 27 athletes have been supported by this funding.