London 2012 Young Ambassadors

1 portrait of Gurpreet Virdee

London 2012 Young Ambassadors, by Brian Griffin, 17 September 2009 - NPG P1721 - © Brian Griffin

© Brian Griffin

London 2012 Young Ambassadors

by Brian Griffin
archival pigment print, 17 September 2009
18 in. x 22 in. (458 mm x 559 mm) sight
Commissioned, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG P1721


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  • Brian Griffin (1948-), Photographer. Artist of 36 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Langdon School students Katie Murphy, Gurpreet Virdee, Sutveer Kaur and Alex Loukos (left to right here) are four of the thirty young East Londoners who joined the delegation team for the final stage of London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These Young Ambassadors represented both the communities that would benefit most from London 2012 and London’s ambition to inspire young people. Murphy went on to work with Olympic suppliers in London Docklands , Virdee is a university student. Kaur worked for LOCOG as a Starting Blocks trainee. Loukos, now a design project manager, was inspired by his grandfather to take up boxing at Langdon School. He was the second person to receive the Olympic Torch in Olympia.
'There were thirty of us, but we were representing all young Londoners. It was quite a responsibility.' Alex Loukos 2009

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  • Nairne, Sandy (foreword) Rake, Michael (foreword) Coe, Sebastian (introduction) McClure, Richard (photographers' profiles) Smith, Liz (appreciation) McClure, Richard and Braybon, Anne (appreciation), Road to 2012: Stories Behind the Olympic Games, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 July - 26 September 2010, 25 July - 25 September 2011 and 19 July - 23 September 2012), p. 109

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