8th May 2014
Giro Makes Time For School Children
In a special cross-community event organised by Titanic Quarter and Titanic Foundation Limited in conjunction with Sustrans, pupils from St Joseph’s, Strandtown, Gilnahirk and Andrews Memorial Primary Schools cycled from their schools to Titanic Quarter with their teachers.
They then met some of the riders and sampled the excitement of the build-up in the fam park at the specially-constructed Giro Team Paddocks area, before going head-to-head in a mock time trial at the site where 200 of the world’s top cyclists will set off on Friday for what is the second most prestigious cycling race in the world.
Philip Corr, Project Manager, Titanic Quarter, commented:
“We were delighted to partner with Sustrans and Titanic Foundation to provide local schoolchildren with the opportunity of a lifetime to feel fully involved in this historic and truly global occasion. Giro excitement has been building for weeks now and was at fever pitch amongst the young people at Titanic Quarter, the home of the Giro d’Italia ‘Big Start’.
“The eyes of the sporting world will be on Titanic Quarter over the next few days and it was fantastic for the children to be able to take part in a time trial at the very site where the world’s finest cyclists will perform. Events like this, and the memories which these young people will cherish, are part of the Giro’s lasting legacy in Northern Ireland.”
As well as taking part in the time trials, the schoolchildren also enjoyed a tour of the Titanic Drawing Offices and the SS Nomadic, where they learnt about Belfast’s maritime history. They finished the day by each launching a pink balloon into the sky from the Titanic Slipway before cycling back to school.
Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer, from Titanic Foundation commented:
“We are very excited now Titanic Quarter has well and truly turned pink for the Giro. This amazing event, alongside the many other international events planned for the iconic Titanic Slipways, provides great opportunities for Titanic Foundation to engage with local communities, especially young people, ensuring Titanic Quarter is recognised as a place for everyone”.