An 11-year-old pupil from St Mary’s Primary School in Ryde will see her design for a start flag waved at this week’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling event in the town.
Charlotte Beeney’s design was chosen out of a number of entries in a competition run by the Isle of Wight Council’s sports unit. Each primary school on the Island were invited to design a flag that will be used to start each race.
“I was inspired to do the design because I love cycling. It is a fun thing to do, it keeps you fit and is absolutely free. I featured the Island, a bike and a track because it sums up what this event is all about!”
Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Bacon who is also Executive member for children’s services, added:
“I offer my congratulations to Charlotte for having her design chosen to be on the start flag.
“The Pearl Izumi Tour Series is a major event for the Isle of Wight and will attract thousands of people into Ryde this Thursday.
“Not only does it feature some of the UK’s best professionals and teams, it is also a family event featuring races involving local schools.
“It will be a fantastic day and Charlotte can be very proud she will have played a big part in the event.”
St Mary’s Primary School will get to keep the flag afterwards.
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series takes place in Ryde on Thursday 14 May. Teams include defending champions JLT Condor which is led by double Olympic medallist Ed Clancy, and the newly formed Team Wiggins, created and owned by Sir Bradley Wiggins. The event will be filmed and shown on ITV4.
Photograph: Isle of Wight Council