AN Olympic torch designed by a pupil of a Grantham school will be manufactured and used on a tour of the district in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
Zhoran Yue, 13, designed the colourful torch, which captured the imagination of voters asked to choose their favourite earlier this year.
She was one of five entries shortlisted out of 6,000 in the competition run by South Kesteven District Council and sports charity Inspire+.
Zhoran, of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, said: “I am really pleased that I won the competition and it will be great to see my torch when it has been made.”
Vincent Brittain, CEO of Inspire+, said: “We were really pleased with the quality of all of the entries. It was not easy for us to choose the top five designs as they were all fantastic, but in the end the public chose Zhoran’s design.”
Grantham-based firm Kid Eco will manufacture the torch out of hard-wearing cardboard, which will go on to tour schools throughout the district.
SKDC’s Olympic Champion Coun John Smith said: “This competition along with other events planned to celebrate the Olympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire young people.
“The tour of Zhoran’s torch begins on February 20 at Billingborough Primary School. So far 70 of the 75 schools in the district have signed up to take part.”