HCC's Alpha carries the torch for Hackney
Posted 21st July 2012
21st July 2012: The world looked upon Hackney during the 2012 Olympic Torch relay’s first day in the host city of London. Hackney Community College student Alpha Kamara was in the spotlight on a key stretch of the route in Stoke Newington.
Due to a childhood illness, Alpha developed difficulties that have prohibited him from doing things that are generally taken for granted. Since joining Hackney Community College, he has shown extraordinary determination and perseverance in developing his skills.
When Alpha heard that he had been nominated to represent his college and the borough at this historic event, he enthused: “I am very excited about carrying the Olympic torch. I am very excited and happy and can’t stop smiling. I am also looking forward to watching the Olympics, especially the athletics.”
Alpha has participated in many sporting events for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. In June 2011 he won a gold medal for the 100m in the London Youth Games.
Hackney Community College principal Ian Ashman was there to cheer on Alpha, alongside colleagues from the college. “It was a great day for Alpha and for the borough” he said. “It was very moving. We are all immensely proud of Alpha.”
Alpha’s tutor Gillian Adamson, who nominated Alpha, commented: “Alpha has shown me that despite adversity you can still be enthusiastic, positive and happy. That’s why he deserves this recognition and the honour of carrying the Olympic torch through Hackney”.
Alpha with his tutor Gillian Adamson at the college’s Shoreditch campus
It’s Alpha’s year! He was also awarded a prize at the College’s annual student awards 2012
Hackney Community College has made sure that its students are making the most of all the opportunties available surrounding the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – from jobs to tickets to the events! If you want to get in touch about this we’d love to hear from you!
Alpha studies on the New Horizon course, an innovative programme for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Hackney Community College is now recognised as an approved Independent Specialist Provider for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties and disabilities – the first mainstream college in London with this funding. This means that the young people can continue their education while staying within their communities, rather than travelling to a residential college or centre outside of the capital.