By Tom Degun
September 15 - London 2012 today unveiled the winning design for an infill of its logo.
The new education logo infill – which will be used exclusively use by UK schools and colleges – was designed by Reiss Evans, an 18-year-old graphic design student currently attending Canterbury College.
Evans beat off competition from over 150 other designers around the UK aged between 16-and-21-years-old.
The new education logo designed by Evans will now be awarded to both schools and colleges around the UK which join the Get Set network - part of the official London 2012 education programme - by demonstrating a commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values.
The logo was revealed today at Nightingale Primary School in Woolwich.
The school in Greenwich is the first school to be awarded the logo for joining the Get Set network and have its participation in the London 2012’s education program formally recognised.
Joining Evans at the unveiling was Tessa Jowell, the Olympics Minister, Sydney Olympic triple jump gold medalist and world record holder Jonathan Edwards, who is now a member of the London 2012 Board, and Chris Roberts, the Leader of Greenwich Council.
Evans, who was delighted at winning the nationwide competition, explained that he designed a logo that heavily featured pencils as he felt they gave a good representation of school and college children in the UK.
He said: “I chose a pencil design because students use pencils from a young age at primary schools through to their work at college.
“The pencils are symbolic of the creativity in the UK’s schools and the range of colours used represents the global nature of the 2012 Games.
“I wanted to create a design for everyone and one that was relevant to every school or college joining the Get Set network."
Jowell was very impressed with Evans’ design and claimed that the London 2012 Olympics will inspire young children across the nation.
Jowell said: “Riess’ clever design will be instantly recognisable in schools and colleges across the UK where the Olympic and Paralympic spirit are being bought to life through the Get Set programme."
With a new education logo in place, London 2012 are looking to use the Games to influence the next generation of school and college students, both in the capital and across the British Isles.
Edwards said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.
“By awarding the new logo education logo to schools and colleges which successfully join the Get Set network, London 2012 is able to recognise and reward places where inspiring work around Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality is taking place."