Sculpture in honour of Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins unveiled in Kilburn
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A community trust has unveiled a sculpture in honour of Olympic cyclist sensation Sir Bradley Wiggins, aka ‘the kid from Kilburn,’.
South Kilburn Trust (SKT), in partnership with enviromental regeneration charity, Groundwork, hosted a special ceremony to commemorate the successes of the 34-year old, who grew up in Dibdin House, Kilburn, at St Augustine’s School in Oxford Road – the school he attended two decades ago.
Mr Wiggins who couldn’t attend the event due to cycling commitments said: “It’s an honour. I grew up around here and my mum and brother still live nearby so I have strong connection to the whole area around St Augustine’s. I doubt there’s an inch of road around here I haven’t cycled through the years...”
Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq, prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn and Cllr Mary Arnold, who represents the Kilburn ward joined the scores of residents at the celebratory event today.
Ms Jackson said: ““The best part and what really made it a great community event was the absolute pigs ear of unveiling the sculpture.
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“It is something these children can look up to during their school day. It is a permanent reminder of what you can achieve if you really work for it.”
Mr Wiggins, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympic games and became the first ever Brit to win the Tour de France was given knighthood in honour for his services to cycling after in December last year.
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The showpiece, which took four months in the making, was designed by Sophie Marsham, a London based sculptor, who enlisted the help of pupils from the secondary school, who contributed the words of inspiration on the model.
Ms Marsham said: “It is really nice to be part of a community project and I extremely proud to be a part of it.”
“I hope the children will read the words and help them feel inspired. I think it is great that more children are getting involved in art.”
Eugene Moriarty,headmaster at the school, said: “It is very easy to focus on the negatives of being a young person I am inspired every single day who come this school. I think they are an incredible group of people with an enormous amount of talent and ambition.
“Hopefully the children can be inspired by the person who was sat exactly they are sitting. In 20 years time that could be you.”